The World Bank has advised Bangladesh to go about urbanization in a more sustainable way.
Qimiao Fan, Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal of the World Bank made the observation at a conference in Dhaka on Saturday.
Over 300 mayors from all over the country, as well as some from other countries, urban planners and professionals participated in the international conference titled ‘Bangladesh City Planning Must be more Sustainable for Livability’ to discuss challenges and ways to improve cities in Bangladesh.
Stating cities as engines of growth, Fan said that city planning in Bangladesh needs to be done in a more sustainable way so that the rapidly urbanizing parts of the country have the necessary infrastructures and services to make them good places to live in.
“Rapid, unplanned urbanization prevents cities from realizing their full potentials,” said Qimiao Fan.
“To become an upper middle-income country by its 50th birthday, Bangladesh must manage its urbanization sustainably. As Bangladesh’s long-term development partner, we look forward to working together to improve the livability, competitiveness and sustainability of cities in Bangladesh,” the WB official added.
The World Bank organized the conference in partnership with the Municipal Association of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Institute of Architects, Bangladesh and Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon spoke at the inaugural session, which was chaired by the President of the Municipal Association of Bangladesh Md Abdul Baten.