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CDIA-Partner Cities Showcase Initiatives at Resilient Cities Conference

May 23, 2017

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Urban resilience has been widely recognized in recent years as a cross-cutting issue for all levels of government to address. It encompasses not only environmental and climate change threats, but also disaster and a host of socio-economic risks.

 To demonstrate how Asian cities tackle resilience challenges through infrastructure development, two CDIA-partner cities from Bangladesh – Khulna and Gazipur shared their initiatives at the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation held on 4-6 May 2017 in Bonn, Germany. Organized by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, the event brought together representatives from over 50 local governments, partners, and key stakeholders to exchange ideas and catalyze action towards integrated urban resilience solutions.

Citizens urge government to build resilient, inclusive cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

May 22, 2017

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CDIA is supporting the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in preparing 15-year City Development Plans (CDPs) for the cities of Peshawar, Mardan and Abbottabad. Currently, these cities lack strategic plans that reflect growth-oriented development. CDIA is preparing the plans in close coordination with the Urban Policy & Planning Unit (UPU), Planning and Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

CDIA Draws up Plans to Improve Public Bus Services in Tbilisi

May 18, 2017

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A more efficient, environment-friendly and sustainable urban mobility system can drive the City of Tbilisi in Georgia towards becoming a regional economic center; while ensuring a healthy living environment for its people.

This was the idea put forward in the recently completed Tbilisi Bus Network Study of CDIA that proposes concrete courses of action to improve the quality of the city’s bus network and introduce an efficient surface transit system in line with its Sustainable Urban Transport Strategy 2015-2030.

Financing Urban Infrastructure Training Course Conducted in Indonesia

May 15, 2017

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Like many other cities in Asia, Indonesian cities have difficulty accessing finance for infrastructure. Relying heavily on current mechanisms – typically public sector grant funding – to meet capital and operational expenditure financing needs limits what many cities can potentially achieve.

To help Indonesian cities bridge this infrastructure financing gap, CDIA, in partnership with PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMi), delivered the latest in a series of training courses focused on “Linking Cities’ Infrastructure Investment Projects to Finance” from 26-28 April 2017 in Balikpapan City, Indonesia.

 

CDIA Welcomes Its New Young Asian Professional

May 11, 2017

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CDIA welcomed to the team, Mr. Lun Heng as a Young Asian Professional (YAP) starting 7 May 2017. He works at the Sewerage Management & Construction Department of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) in Cambodia, wherein his tasks constitute the review of national policy frameworks on wastewater management, among others.

Signing of Manifesto by 33 City Leaders Capped Off CDIA Training Workshop in Singapore

April 25, 2017

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Thirty-three Mayors, Commissioners, and senior government officials from 14 cities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines signed the Manifesto of Support towards a Better Future for Asia in the recently held “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming and Good Practices Workshop” on 17-21 April 2017 in Singapore.

CDIA Training Workshop in Singapore Promotes Better Understanding of How to Actualize Infrastructure Investments in Asia

April 25, 2017

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There is no other region in the world where fast-track urban growth happens as in Asia, and confronts urban development with more challenges than anywhere else. In most Asian cities however, the capacities to identify, prepare and realize bankable infrastructure investments are either lacking or nascent.

To support Asian cities bridge this gap, CDIA collaborated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Singapore and National University of Singapore to deliver a five-day training course as part of the 10-year anniversary of CDIA dubbed, “Effective Urban Infrastructure Programming and Good Practices Workshop.”

 

New CDIA Project Coordinator for China Now Onboard

April 25, 2017

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Ms. Chenzi Yiyang joined CDIA on 14 April 2017 as the Project Coordinator for China. As such, she will coordinate and manage CDIA’s activities in China in close cooperation with CDIA’s core management team (CMT) and its Senior Project Development Officer in China.

Project Preparation Study for the Tbilisi Metro Upgrade Underway

April 25, 2017

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TBILISI, GEORGIA – CDIA’s Project Preparation Study (PPS) for the Tbilisi Metro System Upgrade kicked-off in late February 2017; and is targeting the modernization of the facility and the improvement of its operation to meet present day technical, operational, safety and accessibility standards. The project is envisaged to facilitate a shift to sustainable urban mobility in the Tbilisi urban area.

UCLG-ASPAC Undertakes Comparative Study on Institutional Frameworks of Local Governments in Asia

April 24, 2017

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At its regional meeting held 4 April 2017 in Catbalogan City, Philippines, UCLG-ASPAC presented the preliminary results of the study on institutional frameworks of local governments in 30 Asian countries, of which CDIA supported the national assessments of China and Mongolia.

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