May 25, 2021 (MLN): The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has rebutted the news story published in some section of the press regarding Pakistan Single Window.
The news item stated that Revenue Division has spent only Rs 10,300 out of the allocated budget of Rs 200 million for the Pakistan Single Window Program in the last ten months.
In a series of tweets, the FBR spokesperson on Tuesday clarified that Rs 20 million has been allocated to Pakistan Single Window under the Public Sector Development Program this financial year.
It was further explained that Rs 200 million allocated in the newspaper news is wrong. The board said the funds allocated under PSDP will be spent by June 30, 2021.
The statement further said that FBR has spent Rs 250 million allocated by Pakistan Customs for Pakistan Single Window Program.
The FBR representative further added that Rs 300 million has been spent for the implementation of the program, which was received from several donors this year. Similarly, another Rs 262 million has been spent on upgrading the existing data center to implement the Pakistan Single Window Program.
The Pakistan Single Window Program is an important reform taken by the Government of Pakistan to improve cross-border trade.
In this regard, the spokesperson said, ‘Due to the excellent performance of Pakistan Customs, the first phase of the program has been started this year 2021. Pakistan Customs is committed to complete this program at a given time within the allotted budget.’
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