National Board of Revenue (NBR) has set parameters for customs-merit awards for the customs officials and other stakeholders this year.
The customs and VAT wing of NBR has circulated the draft of World Customs Organization (WCO) Certificate of Merit Policy-2021 to all the customs and VAT offices across the country and asked to submit their opinion by June 30.According to the draft policy, a committee of NBR would select the customs officials and public or private entities on the basis of their contribution to trade facilitation, innovation, simplification of services, support for automation, reform activities, modernization, outstanding performance in curbing money laundering and smuggling and as per other WCO guidelines.
“Seventeen customs officials and three public or private firms will be awarded the certificates of merit this year marking the International Customs Day,” the draft policy stated.
The selection committee will invite applications 60 days before the International Customs Day. The draft policy has set the eligibility criteria for the award. The private and public sector entities which have revenue arrears against import, export or other activities would not be considered for the award.
Customs and VAT officials who have departmental cases or any corruption and criminal cases against them would also not be eligible for the award.
To be eligible for the award, the customs and VAT officials from both cadre and non-cadre services will have to work for at least two years.
The selected officials will receive a certificate signed by the WCO Secretary General, Tk 50,000 from the Bangladesh Customs and a crest. Other stakeholder firms will receive certificate only. In the draft policy, the NBR attached a prescribed form for application where aspirants will have to furnish details of their contribution, educational qualifications and other personal details.The NBR will issue a gazette notification with the names of award winners after the selections are finalized.
The International Customs Day (ICD) is usually observed on 26 January dedicating to the contribution of customs towards a sustainable future in social, economic, health and environmental sectors.
The slogan of last year’s Customs Day was “Customs fostering sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet”.