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Bangladesh Govt plans lowering VAT on internet users

Posted on: April 6, 2009

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post and Telecommunications Hasanul Huq Inu on Thursday (26 Mar ‘09) said the government is considering reducing value added tax (VAT) on internet users and lowering tax on internet bandwidth.

Mentioning that access to computer with internet connectivity leads a society to the super highway of development, he said all obstacles to the passage of growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) should be removed.

“ICT has given birth to a new civilization across the globe and the country would be disconnected from rest of the world if we cannot adapt to this changes,” he said while addressing as the chief guest a seminar on “Role of WiMAX for Digital Bangladesh.” Bangla Lion Communications Ltd arranged the seminar on the second day of a four-day BCS Digital Expo 2009 organized jointly by the Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS), Ministry of Science and ICT, and ICT Business Promotion Council at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre here.

Chairman of Bangla Lion Communications Ltd Major (Retd) Abdul Mannan presided over the seminar. President of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Editor of the Bangladesh Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, eminent journalist and columnist Abed Khan and President of BCS Mostafa Jabbar addressed the function as special guests.

Managing Director of Bangla Lion ANM Golam Sarwar also spoke. Parvez Ahmed, expert of Bangla Lion presented two video presentations while GM Faruq Khan moderated the function.

In order to build a Digital Bangladesh, it is needed to digitalize the government first, Hasanul Huq Inu said adding that a huge internal market for ICT sector could be opened through establishing connectivity among all departments of the government that would created employment for youths with ICT skills.

Mostafa Jabbar demanded that the government reduce tax on bandwidth and also lower VAT on internet users.

He said WiMAX would enable internet users using quality internet service at much higher speed, which would open new avenue for trade and commerce and generate income to a large number of youths with skills on ICT.

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury underscored the need for breaking monopoly in the internet service and ICT business so that people get their desired service from the providers for what they pay.

He said the electricity is the backbone of all technologies, as unless there is uninterrupted supply of power all these facilities would not give actual benefits to the people.

Chowdhury urged the policy makers in the government for increasing production of electricity and also for formulating policies on ICT sector so that these facilities are provided to the users at competitive prices.

Abed Khan said the government should create the scope of integrating the people with modern technology and ensure that the people get proper service from the providers.

Source: New Nation


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