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Resilient and Inclusive Options for Upgrading Basic Infrastructure and Services in Pakistan

October 11, 2019

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The cities of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sargodha and Muzzaffargarh in Punjab Province, Pakistan lack essential services to foster human development and economic growth. Like Sargodha’s water treatment plant that dates back to 1925, many other facilities are outdated and inoperable due to years of neglect, lack of maintenance and insufficient budget support.

Through the project preparation study (PPS) supported by CDIA, investment projects have been identified to upgrade the basic infrastructure and services in the four cities, while making them more resilient, inclusive and competitive.

Join CDIA to discuss financing sustainable and resilient infrastructure at APUF7

October 11, 2019

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CDIA, together with members of Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA), a coalition working to mobilize investments in low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure will host an Urban Innovation Session on the 16th of October 2019 at 15:30-17:00 at Room #9.

Panaji to Modernize Operations to Achieve 24×7 Water Supply

October 9, 2019

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Continuous or 24×7 water supply through the distribution network is still a distant aim for Panaji in India. While the city has adequate water resources and the service coverage is high, supply is provided intermittently for only 2-8 hours a day. Most residents rely on their own storage tanks to have sufficient water for the rest of the day.

To achieve 24×7 water supply through the network, the city government worked with CDIA in completing a project preparation study (PPS) that recommended a range of investments to address the primary challenge of bringing the water system under control and modernizing its operations.

Panaji Set to Restore its Creek to Pristine Glory

October 9, 2019

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The St. Inez Creek, flowing through Panaji City in India, was once a beautiful stream where people could safely swim and fish in its waters. But the years of neglect, indiscriminate disposal of wastewater and solid waste, and inappropriate road crossings blocking the flow have turned it into an open sewer, posing a serious health threat to the residents.

To restore it to its pristine glory, the St. Inez Creek Rejuvenation Project was initiated by Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd (IPSCDL), a special purpose vehicle created to manage the Smart City programme for Panaji.

CDIA Highlights Integrated Approach to Urban Mobility at ADB’s Transport Forum

October 4, 2019

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How can secondary cities in Asia and the Pacific ensure that the various transport modal solutions are developed towards an integrated public transport network?

The CDIA-led session on “Integrating Low Carbon Solutions in City Transport System,” held 2 October 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters in the Philippines served as a venue for showcasing good practices of cities in pursuing broad sector reforms to address in a holistic and integrated way their urban mobility challenges. It was part of the weeklong “Urban Transport for Livable Cities Forum” organized by ADB and its partners.

CDIA Contributes to PTSMI’s Linking to Finance Training Course

September 17, 2019

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CDIA participated in the “Linking Infrastructure Projects to Finance Training Course” delivered by PT SMI on August 29-30, 2019 in Balikpapan, Indonesia.

The capacity building activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of cities and regencies in the Province of East Kalimantan on financing modalities and sources for their infrastructure projects. It likewise served as a platform for them to present, and get feedback on the projects they wish to develop and the appropriate financing option.

CDIA Backs ASEAN Mayors in Driving Local Actions for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

August 27, 2019

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How can the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while ensuring effective management of urbanization, environmental protection and inclusive growth? 

The 5th ASEAN Mayors Forum held 26-28 August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand sought to offer solutions to this key challenge. CDIA, through its Urban Development Specialist Chee Anne Roño served as a panelist in one of the sessions on Digital ASEANwhere she discussed how to build the enabling environment at the city level. 

Laying the Groundwork for the Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project in Pakistan

August 26, 2019

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“The CDIA study became the backbone of our ensuing project.” This was how Kiyoshi Nakamitsu of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) described the value of CDIA’s work on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Program (KPCIP).

Supported by ADB, the KPCIP aims to enhance the urban conditions in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. CDIA was involved in the early part of the project preparation by developing the investment packages for three of the five cities being considered for the program.

Engaging the Youth as Partners in Development

August 26, 2019

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The 7th Asian Youth Forum (AYF) was held on 12-14 August 2019 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Headquarters. Guided by the theme, “Establish. Equip, Engage: Youth for 2030 and Beyond,” the event celebrated the young people’s role as partners in development and demonstrated their unique and valuable contribution in advancing inclusive growth.

A key component of the AYF was the design challenge, wherein CDIA mentored various groups under the theme, Youth for Livable Cities.

Effective Operation and Maintenance Key to Improving Water Services in West Georgia

August 22, 2019

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Significant investments are transforming the water supply and sanitation services in Kutaisi, Poti, Anaklia, Ureki and Zugdidi in West Georgia. Despite these, non-revenue water (NRW) and energy costs remain high, and the cities grapple with their new water infrastructure systems.

How to ensure continuous and high quality water services towards better health and environment? The Operational Performance Assessment and Improvement Action Plan provides insights in addressing key operational management issues.

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