State Minister for Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) Zunaid Ahmed Palak today called for
repealing Value Added Tax (VAT) and tariffs on Internet equipments for
making digital revolution in the country.
“In the interest of building a creative economy and knowledge based
society and to take the digital revolution further, I request to all
concerned to repeal VAT and tariffs on internet equipment by not
seeing the internet as a luxury service but as a basic emergency
service such as electricity and fuel,” he said.
The state minister joined the virtual round table meeting on ‘Made
in Bangladesh ICT Industry Policy’ this evening and made the proposal
in his introductory speech to National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman
Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem.
Palak also called for duty-free access to research and development
of digital products by 2030.
He also proposed in the budget of the next financial year to give
Orix Bio Technology Company duty exemption on the import of equipments
and specialized vehicles used in some cases for plasma fractionation
in the country.
Besides, in an another webinar titled ‘Future of the Industrial
Revolution’ was held at 11 am today.
Policy Adviser of the A2I Programme Anir Chowdhury conducted the
webinar while Palak also joined it as chief guest.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)