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Kamal: Govt has no info on GFI report findings

  • Published at 11:04 pm March 4th, 2020
AHM Mustafa Kamal
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The finance minister said the GFI usually deals with data, information and thus conduct their analysis

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said the government and he himself has no information regarding the findings of the latest report by Washington-based research organization Global Financial Integrity (GFI).

“Talk to them (GFI), as they know better how they have prepared this report, but, I do not know about this …….I do not have such information,” he said replying to questions of reporters after the day’s Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase (CCGP) meeting held at the NEC-2 Conference Room in the Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Wednesday.

The latest report by GFI estimated the value gap of 135 developing countries, including Bangladesh and 36 advanced economies, over a ten-year period between 2008 and 2017, reports BSS.

Released on Tuesday, the report showed that Bangladesh’s average trade value mismatch with all the trading partners (170 countries for the GFI report) and stood at around 18% of the country’s total trade.

The finance minister said the GFI usually deals with data, information and thus conduct their analysis. 

“But, they could have informed us about their stance, what is the benefit of revealing all these things before media? They could have written before the government or me. Since, I don’t know about this, I won’t comment on it,” he said.

Kamal said since it is the issue of the country, the GFI should inform the Bangladesh government from where they have gathered such information. 

“Then we will look in to this,” he said.

Replying to another question, he said there is no question of denying or accepting this report since the government is not aware of such development.

The minister said government agencies concerned and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) have been working to check crimes in the financial sector, and some were already behind the bar following cases while investigations continue against alleged perpetrators.