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Bangladesh - November 1, 2023

Bangladesh moves towards cashless society: Hasina

Taka Pay card launched

Staff Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government seeks to build a cashless society in a bid to reduce corruption, expedite development and ease revenue collection.
“When we will be able to build the cashless society, it will curtail corruption. The development of the country will be expedited and the revenue collection will be eased,” she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating local currency card ‘Taka Pay’, first of its kind in the country, from her official residence Ganabhaban. She was connected virtually with headquarters of Sonali Bank, City Bank and Brac Bank.
Sheikh Hasina said that as an independent and sovereign country, Bangladesh’s financial system has to be independent and sovereign for reducing dependency on others.
She put emphasis on data security of every holder of the newly introduced debit card.
“I hope that the security system of this network will be well-protected. We have to pay special attention to this. Foolproof firewall has to be there,” she said.
She said that this Taka Pay card will be a groundbreaking step for building the cashless society in Bangladesh.
“We will not be dependent on others. We will use our money in our country, we will try to connect this system with other countries. We must not be dependent on any single hard currency,” she said.
“Today I’m very happy,” said the prime minister terming the own currency card as a landmark step for the country.
She mentioned that the cards which are being used by the people are operated by the foreign companies.
“No more foreign currency spending after introduction of Taka Pay card”,” she said.
Hasina spoke about her government’s plan to introduce international transactions through Taka Pay in future.
She also underscored the importance of bringing everyone under banking services towards establishment of a cashless society.
The premier said every citizen of the country should be brought under the banking service.
Directing the Bangladesh Bank to focus on establishing good governance in the banking sector, the PM said, the role of central bank is very important in establishing a cashless society.
“So, special attention should be given to ensure that the service in the banking sector is fairer alongside good governance,” she added.
PM Hasina asked the officials concerned to provide training and up to date information to the people so that they can use this Taka Pay card easily without any hassle in their daily payment.
The card is be issued by state-owned Sonali Bank and privately-owned City Bank and BRAC Bank in collaboration with the central bank.
‘Taka Pay’ will provide the same service nationally through the use of ‘The National Payment Switch of Bangladesh’, an electronic payment platform operated by the BB.

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