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The kick-off meetings for a CDIA pre-feasibility study (PFS) on inclusive urban growth for three cities in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province of Pakistan were held on 16-20 January 2017.
Pakistan is one of the most urbanized countries in the Asia Pacific region, with an urban population of over 70 million. The Government of KP’s (GoKP) Planning and Development Department (P&DD) requested CDIA to assist in implementing its Integrated Development Strategy 2014-2018, which calls for effective management of urban services to convert cities into centers of economic activity and sources of employment generation. CDIA agreed to support the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad in the northwest region of the country in order to prepare needed infrastructure investment packages to feed into the KP Intermediate Cities Investment Improvement Program (KP-ICIIP) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and potential investments of other financiers. Currently, there is significant need for assistance in planning and implementing infrastructure projects across all subsectors particularly water supply, sanitation and solid waste management.
CDIA’s Senior Urban Environmental Engineer Neil Chadder and Social Development Specialist Eva Ringhof attended the kick-off meetings for the PFS. They were joined by consultants of the ADB`s Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund (UCCRTF) that started to prepare urban resilience assessments. CDIA will build on these findings to prepare 15-year City Development Plans and subsequently prioritize projects for investment. Crucial for this PFS are to identify additional possible sources of financing for the prioritized investments, and enhance the capacity of relevant stakeholders to facilitate the sustainable development and management of prioritized urban infrastructure investments.
CDIA visited and consulted relevant stakeholders in all three cities and gathered information to achieve a common understanding of the infrastructure requirements and manner of cooperation to deliver quality outputs.