ROCB A/P Meets Chairman and Members of the Bangladesh National Board of Revenue
25 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mr. Kazunari Igarashi, Head of the ROCB A/P, visited Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR) in Dhaka on 24-25 May 2017 with a view to consulting Chairman and Members of the NBR how the WCO and the ROCB A/P could further strengthen current cooperative ties with the NBR in order to better contending with a series of the WCO prioritized issues, such as supply chain security and counter-terrorism, trade facilitation, e-commerce, Customs-Tax cooperation and illicit financial flows. Prior to the meeting with Md. Nojibur Rahman, Senior Secretary for the Internal Resource Division of the Ministry of Finance and Chairman of the NBR, Mr. Igarashi met three NBR Members and exchanged views on the way to cooperate for continuously advancing on-going reform and modernization efforts of the Bangladesh Customs from various perspectives and raise the profile thereof. Md. Rahman warmly welcomed Mr. Igarashi and gave him a briefing on couples of prominent challenges the NBR is tackling with and appreciated the WCO for continuously taking the lead of the international Customs community on these prioritized issues, which he considered quite relevant to the NBR’s strategy as well. In particular, Md. Rahman appreciated the WCO’s Security Project and expressed the NBR’s commitment to it. In this regard, he looked forward to the Secretary General’s planned visit to Bangladesh in mid-July.
At the invitation by the Bangladesh Customs, Mr. Igarashi visited the offices of the NBR Excise and VAT Commissionerate, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate, Dhaka Custom House and greeted commissioners and renewed friendship with the participants to the past regional workshops. During these office visits, Mr. Igarashi was invited to give a special lecture on professionalism to the NBR new recruits.
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