2019 Bangladesh Tobacco Industry Interference Index Launched

PROGGA has successfully launched the 2019 Bangladesh Tobacco Industry Interference Index: Report on Implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 at the CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka on 23 October 2019. The report reveals that Bangladesh is among the worst three (03) countries that face the highest level of tobacco industry interference, in a long list of 33 countries as shown in the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index 2019. The score this year stands at 77, barely an improvement from what the country scored last year, 78.

The research findings highlight the importance of divesting government investment and partnership in the multinational tobacco company. Since the government holds 9.48 percent shares in a multinational tobacco company and 4-6 members of the Board of Directors of the company were high government officials, it facilitated widespread and unobstructed infiltration of tobacco industry in the state mechanism and made the tobacco control measures easy prey to the industry interference. The participants and distinguish guests/speakers of the event also underscored the need for a guideline in line with the WHO FCTC Article 5.3.

The Hon. Minister of Information of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Dr. Hasan Mahmud, MP was present at the launching ceremony as the Chief Guest. The Guest of Honor was Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Environment and Forest and Honorary President of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The special guests of the event were Dr. Mary Assunta, Head of Global Research and Advocacy, GGTC, Thammasat University, Thailand, and Mr. Muhammad Ruhul Quddus, Bangladesh Country Coordinator, Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), CTFK. Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, the Hon. ex- vice chancellor of the University of Dhaka, presided over the event. ATMA convener Mr. Mortuza Haider Liton and PROGGA Executive Director Mr. ABM Zubair were present in the program. Representatives from National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW); Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids (CTFK); The Union, Vital Strategies and other anti-tobacco organizations were also present. Ms. Nadira Kiron, News Editor, ATN Bangla and Co-convener of ATMA, hosted the event whereas Md. Hasan Shahriar, Head of Tobacco Control Program, PROGGA, presented the findings.

The event also included the award-giving ceremony of ‘PROGGA Tobacco Control Journalism Award 2019’ that went to Suhadha Afrin, Staff Reporter, The Daily Prothom Alo and Sharif Sumon, Senior Correspondent (Rajshahi), banglanews24com under the Print/Online media category, and to Mamun Abdullah, Reporter, Somoy Television, under the TV Report category.

The preparation and dissemination of the 2019 report were assisted by Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) and Institute of Global Tobacco Control (IGTC), Johns Hopkins University, USA.

The event has been carried by most of the media houses, only English media stories are given below:

The Daily StarThe IndependentThe Financial ExpressBangladesh PostDaily SunNews TodayDaily Asian AgeDaily ObserverDhaka TribuneDaily IndustryDaily New NationThe Business StandardBangladesh TodayBdnews24.comBSSUNBBanglanews24.com

A compilation of all media pieces (104) can be downloaded from:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1P59t4vz-1DBNTklB2pYaQJbw9yCZ7Yij

 

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