Kamal urges all for contributing to nation building


Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday called upon all including the valued taxpayers for contributing to nation building from their respective positions and thus turn the country as “Sonar Bangla” as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“We’re now celebrating the Golden Jubilee of country’s independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation. Let us pledge to contribute from whatever we have to nation building and thus turn the country as ‘Sonar Bangla’. It’s my firm believe that you’ll be able to do it,” he said.

Kamal also expressed his strong resolve that Bangladesh would become the 25th economy of the world by 2035.

The Finance Minister was addressing the tax card, crest and certificate giving function 2021 held at the Officer’s Club on Wednesday.

Presided over by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) President Md Jashim Uddin spoke on the occasion as the special guest.

The NBR, at the function, handed over tax cards, crests and certificates to some 141 top taxpayers, including 75 individuals, for the payment of the highest amount of taxes to the state coffer for the year of 2020-21.

Besides, the highest taxpayers of Dhaka City Corporation and the eight districts of Dhaka Division also received tax cards, crests and certificates.

The Finance Minister said the main driving force of the unprecedented attainments of the government over the last one era was the common people of the country adding, “I express my gratitude to them.”

Highlighting the salient features of the country’s economy, Kamal said Bangladesh has been attaining 7.4 percent GDP growth on average over the last one decade before the pandemic while the per capita income of Bangladesh is now almost the same of India and China.

“We’re now atop of other countries in almost all economic indicators and we’ve to maintain such continuity,” he added.