VAT on internet data may go, says Muhith

Sunday, 10 December 2017

FE Report
Finance Minister A M A Muhith hinted on Saturday that he will consider withdrawing Value Added Tax (VAT) on internet data usage in the budget for the next fiscal year.
"The next budget is my last budget. I will think about it, if I can do anything," he said while replying to a request by BASIS President Mustafa Jabbar for withdrawing VAT and surcharge on internet data usage.
He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the four-day Digital World 2017 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital.
ICT Division, BASIS and A2i of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) organised the exhibition. More than 0.5 million visited the expo in last four days, according to the organisers.
Expressing gratitude to the young generation for implementing Digital Bangladesh, the finance minister said, "The ruling government only facilitated various digital facilities, the young generation of the country implemented it."
ICT Division State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak said Bangladesh will be a software exporting country very soon.
"The government has facilitated everything we need, we will be a software exporter country very soon," he said.
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) President Mustafa Jabbar said the country's education system as well as textbook curriculum is not ready for Digital Bangladesh.
He further said ICT education should be provided to the students from primary level. The primary students should know how to use programming language to build Digital Bangladesh.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Imran Ahmed, and Bhutanese ICT Minister D N Dongel, among others, also spoke at the programme.
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