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ADB’s Partner Cities in Pakistan Join the 5th CDIA Virtual Clinic

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Delegates from the cities of Bahawalpur, DG Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, Sahiwal, Sargodha and Sialkot attended the 5th CDIA Virtual Clinic on 13 October 2021. Dedicated for Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) partner cities in the Punjab Province of Pakistan, the clinic served as a first step to put together a project with ADB and bring infrastructure investments to the cities.

“The clinic was undertaken in an open and participatory approach to understand what is happening in the cities,” said Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager. “ADB is putting together a Livable Cities project, which includes a solid waste management (SWM) component. We thought a virtual clinic would be a great start to have a feel for it,” he added.

Aside from scoping for the ADB project and raising the level of engagement of the cities, the clinic also served as a venue for the participants to gain insights on improving the bankability of infrastructure projects, integrating climate resilience in infrastructure project preparation, and building the technical and institutional capacities of implementers.

Specific to SWM, Sing Cho (Terry), Senior Urban Development Specialist for Solid Waste Management at ADB served as a resource speaker for the clinic. He gave an overview of SWM situation in Asia and Pakistan in particular, as well as a snapshot of ADB’s urban sector SWM portfolio. More importantly, he offered his insights on how to develop a holistic SWM approach and shared best practices from Japan and People’s Republic of China that cities in Pakistan can learn from.

Brian Capati, CDIA Urban Development Specialist built on what Terry discussed by sharing the key considerations in preparing bankable SWM projects. He further used CDIA project examples to emphasize the following:

  • Holistic approach to SWM
  • Land availability
  • Recognition and full utilization of the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of SWM
  • Social impacts of SWM improvements
  • Institutional and capacity development for sustainability
  • Protection of natural ecosystems and
  • Promotion of circular economy

Each city was given the chance to present their respective SWM issues and discuss them with the CDIA experts, including the resource speaker. A guided discussion ensued on key themes to further support project scoping, such as pooling of resources, circular economy and recycling, and the management structure for SWM in cities.

“I really want to thank you for the very well-designed clinic,” said Maria Pia Ancora, Senior Urban Development Specialist at ADB. “I like the fact that it was adherent to one point – solid waste management, which is very important for our cities… We want to make sure that we are supporting the government in designing the project, which will give them the best results per dollar of investment… I will let you know how the seeds you have planted today are going to blossom and flourish,” she added.

CDIA is offering the virtual clinics to officials of secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific so they can get insights on their infrastructure projects. So far, CDIA has organized five clinics, which have been structured to enable one-on-one consultation with the CDIA urban development team.

The clinics are made possible with the financial support of the European Union.

 

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