Change Agents for a better tax culture

changeagents Enlarge image Dr. Ashfaque H. Khan, Dean S3H signs the declaration of being a change agent for a better Pakistan. (© GIZ GmbH)

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in cooperation with the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) carried out an event to create change agents amongst students for a better tax culture in Pakistan. The taxpayer education event consisted of a half-day session with presentations by FBR officials on taxation as well as a theatre play and speeches by students about tax compliance. In the afternoon, a tax fair gave students the opportunity to collect information about the taxation system in Pakistan and enter into dialogues with tax officials. The event is part of a campaign called “Banaey Naujawan Behter Pakistan” (The youth will make a better Pakistan).

The morning session of the event was opened by Mr. Tariq Bajwa, Chairman FBR, as well as the Dean of the NUST Business School and leading economist Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan. changeagents Enlarge image Students signing the declaration of being change agents for a better Pakistan (© Giz GmbH)

The Chairman encouraged the students to become change agents and “expand social media discussion on taxes to a critical mass that prompts an actual change in society.”

Dr. Ashfaque Hasan Khan stressed the importance of a well-functioning taxation system to make Pakistan become a financially self-sustained country and voiced the fact “that our youth at 100 million less than 22 years of age, can be the catalyst to bring such change”.

The whole morning session was moderated by Mr. Talat Hussain, a renowned Pakistani journalist who encouraged the students to use their social media platforms and outreach to support the campaign and advocate for tax compliance. The proceedings of the sessions were followed on Twitter: #agentsofchange

In the afternoon, the students signed a declaration that they, as change agents, will educate fellow citizens on the importance of taxation to improve the tax culture in Pakistan and play their part in making Pakistan a prosperous country.

The event is one measure in the campaign “Banaey Naujawan Behter Pakistan” (The youth will make a better Pakistan) supported by the Support to Good Governance Programme, implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of BMZ.

The objective of the campaign is to make young people act as change agents to advocate for an improved tax culture for the tax system of Pakistan amongst their peers and families. NUST University was included in designing and carrying out the event and act as the first change agents. Their role in the future will be to advocate for a better tax culture and tax compliance in social media and amongst their peers with the support of FBR.

Facebook Page of the Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/bnbpak

Twitter: #agentsofchange

changeagents Enlarge image Mr. Talat Hussain - a renown journalist of Pakistan led through the event (© GIZ GmbH)