Chairman of National Board of Revenue (NBR) Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan on Tuesday laid emphasis on signing the Istanbul Convention on ATA Carnet to facilitate international trade.
He said this while speaking as the chief guest at a daylong workshop on ATA Carnet System organised jointly by International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICCB) and National Board of Revenue (NBR) at a hotel in the capital.
Mosharraf also said Bangladesh is an active party to various regional forums like BIMSTEC, BBIN MVA, SASEC etc. There are numbers of agreements and treaties where Bangladesh is a signatory like SAPTA, APTA, River protocol with India and Bhutan, Transit Agreement with India, Nepal and Bhutan.
“It’s very important for Bangladesh to introduce the ATA Carnet System to make best utilisation of those forums, agreements and treaties. This system will open a new door for the international buyers and traders to import temporarily samples for exhibitions, trade fair and many other purposes in an easy and trade-friendly way without paying duties and taxes,” he said.
He suggested that ICC Bangladesh keep close contact with NBR for pursuing government to sign the latest Istanbul Convention on ATA Carnet.
ICC Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman said it is utmost important for Bangladesh to introduce ATA Carnet System to improve Ease of Doing Business ranking.
“To promote trade and investment and achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it’s essential to integrate with the trade promotional instrument like ATA Carnet and other global facilitates without any further delay,” he also said.
Around 50 participants from different ministries and departments of government and representatives from business associations attended the programme.