International Customs Day was observed on Saturday in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) took elaborate programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner.
The observance of the day marks the first official conference of the Customs Co-operation Council-the World Customs Organisation (WCO). A total of 179 countries are now the members of WCO.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages on the occasion, wishing the success of all programmes undertaken by NBR and said this year’s slogan of the day ‘SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport’ is very time-befitting in the present world’s perspective.
In their messages, the President and the PM greeted all officials and employees of the customs department and the tax-paying individuals and companies.
In his message, President Abdul Hamid said customs is playing an important role in the country’s development by receiving revenue and expanding trade and business.
He hoped that Bangladesh customs will be able to create a more secure business environment by simplifying the process of customs and using the modern technology.
He said the Bangladesh customs is working relentlessly to make smooth the ways of implementing Vision-2021 and Vision-2041.
Abdul Hamid hoped that Bangladesh customs will continue its efforts of building the country’s economy sustainable and strong.
In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken different initiatives to simplify the process of customs for ensuring smooth export and import.
“Bangladesh customs is using modern technology to accelerate the country’s trade and business,” she added.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh will be established as a developed country by continuing the development trend and implementing Vision-2021 and Vision-2041.
She hoped that the customs administration will play a vital role to create a rich revenue treasure through building a strong foundation of the country’s economy.