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CDIA Supports Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for Local PPP Projects in the Philippines

August 18, 2017

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On August 1, 2017, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines and the League of Cities of the Philippines conducted a Stakeholder Consultation Workshop for Local PPP Projects supported by CDIA.

Participants included representatives from various private and public agencies in SOCCSKSARGEN Region in Southern Philippines, for instance the National Economic and Development Authority; the Department of Trade and Industry; the Mindanao Development Authority; the City Governments of General Santos, Cotabato, Tacurong, Koronadal and Kidapawan; as well as SOWI Renewables Technologies Inc.

 

Unfazed by fire, Semarang City Primes for the Revival of Its Famous Traditional Market

August 11, 2017

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Semarang City boasts of Pasar Johar, the largest traditional market in Central Java, Indonesia. The market used to rent out 7,800 stalls to 6,400 vendors who were mostly women micro-entrepreneurs. Despite its popularity, the market was in a dilapidated condition with high exposure to climate risks, and lacked the basic facilities to support the efficient functioning of a traditional market.

In 2014, CDIA helped the city government to revitalize Pasar Johar and its surrounding area to increase its competitiveness as a trade center while preserving its historic buildings. The years after the completion of CDIA’s pre-feasibility study (PFS) however, have not been easy for the city, as Pasar Johar was subjected to two incidences of fire, which razed the heritage buildings and forced many vendors to relocate to temporary markets or occupy the nearby side streets.

But a resilient Semarang is now putting the past behind, as the city primes for the revival of its famed Pasar Johar.

CDIA Produces a Video Documentary of How Yangzhou City Preserves its Cultural and Natural Heritage

August 11, 2017

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In 2008, CDIA assisted the city government of Yangzhou in preserving its rich cultural and natural heritage. It conducted pre-feasibility studies to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of its urban wetlands, and construction of a water treatment plant.

Nine years after, CDIA went back to the city to produce a video documentary of how the city government has taken forward the recommendations of CDIA in preserving their Old Town and developing the San Wan Wetland Park. The video production was carried out by CDIA’s Communication Specialist An Rubenecia and China Program Coordinator Chenzi Yiyang along with videographers Manja Wolff and Jochen Lohmann.

CDIA Visits Cambodian Cities after Training on Wastewater Management

August 9, 2017

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CDIA with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) delivered a training course on wastewater management last 3-6 July 2017 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Most of the 28 participants came from the cities of Kampong Chnnang, Serei Saophoan, Stung Sen and Pursat, which are adjacent to the Tonle Sap Water Basin.

CDIA has just concluded its pre-feasibility studies in the four cities along with Battambang,to improve their wastewater, drainage and flood protection, and solid waste management initiatives under the Tonle Sap II Project. The training in Sihanoukville helped to increase the capacities of municipal staff to implement the proposed wastewater management projects.

To provide more practical and tailored fit advice to city officials and project implementers, lead trainer Dr. Bunrith Seng together with CDIA’s Young Asian Professional Lun Heng from the MPWT made a follow up visit to Kampong Chnnang, Serei Saophoan and Stung Sen from 14-21 July 2017.

ADB, Partners Invest $485 Million in CDIA-Proposed Bus Rapid Transit System in Peshawar

July 21, 2017

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Around 500,000 daily commuters are set to benefit from the $485 million investment of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and its partners for the implementation of the integrated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) in Peshawar, Pakistan. CDIA helped to plan for this project beginning 2013.

CDIA Bids Adieu to its GIZ Program Coordinator Claudia Hermes

July 21, 2017

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Joining the team in January 2016, Mrs. Claudia Hermes co-managed CDIA with Mr. Joris van Etten of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and provided guidance to effectively assist Asian cities meet their infrastructure development and financing needs.

In particular, Mrs. Hermes led CDIA’s initiatives on developing individual and institutional capacities of city governments in preparing bankable infrastructure investment projects. From 2016-2017, she guided the conduct of 21 training courses and seminars for 454 city officials and representatives of partner institutions. She also led a study tour in Germany; and found new ways of working closely with select national partner organizations.

CDIA-Partner City Shares Experience on Urban Resilience and Sustainability at the UNDP Asia Forum

July 21, 2017

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To demonstrate how local governments address some of the common challenges in building sustainable and resilient cities, CDIA’s partner, Yangzhou City showcased their initiatives at the Asia Forum held on 19-21 June 2017 in Haiyang City, People’s Republic of China.

Yangzhou City Rebuilds its Past for the Future

July 18, 2017

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With a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, Yangzhou City in the Jiangsu Province of China has never been short on history and culture. Owing to its strategic location, it once served as the center of salt business in ancient China.

At present, Yangzhou City has preserved many of its rich cultural heritage such as the Grand Canal, considered as the oldest canal in China; and historical sites that some date back from the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. These, along with abundant manmade landscapes and natural sceneries attract millions of foreign and domestic tourists to the city every year.

In line with the city’s thrust to balance economic growth with cultural preservation and environmental protection, the city government sought assistance from CDIA in 2008 to develop sustainable solutions to urban upgrading and heritage conservation, rehabilitation and development of wetlands, and construction of water treatment plant.

Cambodian Cities Trained on Sustainable Wastewater Management

July 14, 2017

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Twenty-eight participants from four Cambodian cities and partners underwent a training course on sustainable wastewater management on 3-6 July 2017 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. CDIA in partnership with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) delivered the course, which aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of city staff involved in wastewater management.

CDIA Welcomes its New Intern for Social Urban Development

July 13, 2017

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Ms. Stefanie Neusser recently joined CDIA as an intern for social urban development focusing on public health and gender aspects. For the next six months, she will assist CDIA in the identification and production of issue-based stories on gender and public health to communicate CDIA’s approaches and services. She is a Management and Economics graduate […]

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