The automation of the Plant Quarantine Wing under the Department of Agricultural Extension were inaugurated through an online seminar on Tuesday.
Customers will be able to enjoy multiple benefits of this automation programme including all activities related to import permit certificate, Phyto sanitary certificate, release order certificate, anchorage certificate for the import and export of agricultural products.After this automation process, no more certification activities will be carried out manually, said speakers during the seminar.
Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque was present as the chief guest at the virtual inauguration ceremony while Senior Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Md Mesbahul Islam, Commerce Secretary Dr Md Jafar Uddin and Additional Secretary Hasanuzzaman Kallol were present as the special guest on the seminar.
Chamber of Commerce and Industries Director AKM Akhtar Hossain, Additional Secretary and Project Director Access to Information (A2I)
Dr Md Abdul Mannan, and Synesis IT Managing Director Sohrab Ahmed Chowdhury, among others, were also present on the occasion.
"With the automation activities, we have moved one step further towards the implementation of the MDG goals," said Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque.
The minister mentioned that the automation has further increased the transparency of procedures."This automation process of the Quarantine Wing will play a unique role in stopping fraud in the certification process. This process will also play a significant role in increasing the speed of work," said Dr Md Jafar Uddin.
In addition, Md Mesbahul Islam said, "We want to continue the advancement of our digitization that will prepare us for the 4th Industrial Revolution."
"Through this automation process we will be able to provide international quality services to our customers. The phyto sanitary certificate that we are providing through this automation is internationally recognized by ISPM 12," said Agriculturist Kamrun Nahar.
Additional Secretary Hasanuzzaman Kallol Said, "Bangladesh's agricultural sector is moving forward in tandem with the world. Today's automation process is its manifestation."
Plant Quarantine Wing Director Dr Md Azhar Ali gave a welcome speech on the occasion.
Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension Md Asadullah delivered the presidential speech.