All foreign trips by government officials banned, circular issued...

All foreign trips by government officials banned, circular issued

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:30 PM, 12 May 2022   Updated: 08:12 PM, 12 May 2022

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The Finance Division of the Ministry of Finance has issued a circular banning foreign travel on the occasion of all types of travel, seminars and workshops of government officials.

The circular, signed by Mohammad Shawkat Ullah, Deputy Secretary of Expenditure Management-6 Branch of Finance Division, titled “Restriction of All Types of Foreign Travel Under the Management and Development Budget” was issued on Thursday.

It said all travel, seminars and workshops by government officials would be suspended until after the Covid-19 economic recovery and the current global crisis.

This order applies to both the development budget and the management budget and will be effective immediately. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal told reporters after a meeting on government procurement that the Prime Minister had instructed government officials and employees not to travel abroad “unnecessarily”. “The decision to defer the implementation of less important import-dependent projects has been taken,” he also said.

Mustafa Kamal said the decision was taken to “reduce the pressure” on the foreign exchange reserves. “The use of luxury products will be reduced,” he added at this time.

The Finance Minister said difficult decisions have to be taken in changing circumstances from time to time. The way we have been doing for so long, we have to pull the reins due to the worldwide situation. We have to work together with the world. These decisions have to be made taking into account the overall situation in the world.