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Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Approves the $128 Million Investment Plan Proposed by CDIA

August 25, 2017

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At a meeting held on August 02, 2017 chaired by the Honorable  Chief Minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Region, Mr Pervez Khattack, the Government of KP approved  the $128 million investment plan proposed by CDIA. The program will improve the urban conditions in the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad.

For CDIA’s Senior Urban Environmental Engineer Neil Chadder, “the Provincial Government’s approval means that we now have an agreement to the proposed sub-projects at the community, city, district, and provincial levels. This is an excellent outcome and results from extensive consultation between the consulting team and all project stakeholders.”

CDIA Shares Experience on Capacity Development During GIZ’s Urban Cluster Webinar

August 25, 2017

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Every few months, the Transformation – Urban Opportunities – Climate Change (“TUrbOCliC”) Working Group of GIZ is conducting a webinar to inform and exchange opinions on different topics regarding urban development. In its latest webinar this month, the discussion centered on the current capacity development activities in Asian cities, carried out by various GIZ projects.

Mr. Thomas Hagedorn, CDIA’s Capacity Development Specialist talked about its integrated capacity development approach, which complements its project preparation studies for infrastructure investments. As CDIA is involved at the early stage of project formulation and accompanies its partner cities for often less than a year, capacity development activities must address the “low hanging fruits,” which can be achieved within that period of time.

ADB Adopts CDIA Study for Its Preparatory Work in Improving Jinan’s Urban Mobility

August 25, 2017

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n December 2016, CDIA concluded its project preparation study (PPS) for Jinan City in People’s Republic of China, which recommended a sustainable urban mobility plan for the city, and developed the preliminary design and pre-feasibility study for the trolleybus-based public transport network for the central areas of Jinan.

Upon completion of the study, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) started preparing for the loan process for Jinan’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Development Project in the amount of USD 150 million. Part of its due diligence was the project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA), in which the CDIA PPS served as an important reference.

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 2009, 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.

Eight 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.

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