Javed Ghani assumes charge as 30th FBR chairman

Javed Ghani assumes charge as 30th FBR chairman

ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Javed Ghani, a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Customs Service, has assumed the charge as regular chairman of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) after serving on the same post as additional charge for almost six months.

He is 30th chairman of the organization including the tenure of additional charge from July 07, 2020 to January 03, 2021.

A notification issued by the revenue body stated that Muhammad Javed Ghani relinquished the charge of the post of Member (Customs-Policy), FBR on January 04, 2021 and assumed the charge of the post of chairman, FBR, Islamabad on the same date.

Javed Ghani is an expert in Customs and Tax Matters, Tax and Trade Law, Procedures and Trade Facilitation.

Earlier worked on various senior and mid level policy making as well as operational positions at the Federal Board of Revenue Headquarters and across the country at various ports, airports and border customs offices including Karachi and Islamabad airports and Gawadar Sea Port, Sost (border with China), Chaman (border with Afghanistan), Taftan (border with Iran), Karachi Sea Port, Quetta, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sialkot Inland Ports, with responsibility to suggest legal changes and oversee implementation of customs and trade laws as well as cross border trade.

He holds Master of Laws Degree in International Economic Law, with Distinction, from the Warwick University, United Kingdom, and Masters Degree in Economics, with Distinction, from the Government College (Punjab University), Lahore, Pakistan.

Articles and research papers include, “Developing Web of International Economic Corridors & Pakistan”, “Review of Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade”, “WTO, Trade Facilitation and Pakistan Customs”, “Trade Facilitation Negotiations in the WTO, the divisions, crucial elements and the best way forward”, “The definition of Geographical Indications in the TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement in relation to the ongoing debate in the WTO on expanding the scope of Article 23”, and “Electronic Filing of the Goods Declarations in One-Customs and the Legal Gaps”.

Javed Ghani attended various international conferences and training courses in countries including Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, Kazakhstan, Phillippines, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.

In the existing setup, the Chairman, FBR/Secretary Revenue Division, being the executive head of the Board and has the responsibility for:

 (i) formulation and administration of fiscal policies,
(ii) levy and collection of federal taxes and
(iii) quasi-judicial function of hearing of appeals.

Chairman responsibilities also involve interaction with the offices of the President, the Prime Minister, all economic Ministries as well as trade and industry.