CDIA Program Review Committee Sees How Cities Appreciate CDIA’s Support

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At the 13th CDIA Program Review Committee (PRC) Meeting, held on 15-16 December 2014 in Tangerang, Indonesia, the PRC members were able to see first-hand how cities appreciate CDIA’s support. The successful meeting re-emphasized the Medium-Term Review (MTR) outcomes and also provided a number of other valuable suggestions. Key areas discussed included: the CDIA January – June 2014 Progress Report, the CDIA Stakeholders’ Forum Expert Group report, the status of PRC members’ contributions for implementation of the CDIA Strategy and Business Plan 2013-2017, and the CDIA Annual Theme 2015 which was agreed to be: “Overcoming institutional bottlenecks for financing urban infrastructure investments”. Click here to view the photo album on the CDIA Facebook Page.

On the sidelines of the meeting, PRC members visited the Tangerang Solid Waste Management facility, which was the subject of a CDIA Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) led by the City Mayor Mr. Arief R. Wismansyah.

Mr. Pablo Vaggione, the MTR team leader, presented the findings and recommendations of the 2014 MTR. He emphasized that all consulted cities expressed high appreciation for CDIA and the services it provides. The MTR found evidence that CDIA involvement raised project standards that subsequently produced a more sustainable approach, particularly where there was high local ownership of the project. Furthermore, CDIA can serve as catalyst for innovation within the infrastructure development and financing process by promoting successful operational templates. The co-management arrangement between the two complementing partners (ADB and GIZ) was seen by the MTR as being especially inventive and successful in the context of international cooperation.

Some PRC members also had the opportunity to observe CDIA in action through a visit to Banda Aceh City, North Sumatra, which was one of the first cities to be assisted by CDIA in relation to the revitalization of a bus-terminal and surrounding riverside and business district. This project has been handed over to the PPP Unit of the National Planning Agency (Bappenas) which is also supported by the ADB. The bidding process to select the investor for this project is currently under way. CDIA continues to support Banda Aceh in its current plans to develop a mass transportation system. This initiative was started by the City itself which developed its own PFS. CDIA is providing support and guidance in further developing this strategy. Banda Aceh is also envisioned as one of CDIA’s first Centers of Learning.

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