City Interventions

Bangladesh Smart Cities Development Project

Country: Bangladesh
City: Feni, Laksham, Mirrersharai

Key Stakeholders and PartnersAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Project Preparation Study Period2022 - TBD

CDIA SupportUS$ 500,000

Expected Downstream FinancingAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) (tbc)

Infrastructure sectorsMulti-sector

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Environmental Improvement; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

Bangladesh is facing tremendous infrastructure deficits and low service quality in core urban services. The country is also highly vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change and, as the COVID-19 emergency revealed, to pandemics. A momentum is being built to make cities smarter, more efficient, and resilient, leveraging on the country’s ongoing and potentially promising urbanization, improved transport connectivity and technological advancements.

Details of Cooperation

The proposed Bangladesh Smart Cities Development Project (BSCDP) will help participating cities, considered as an urban cluster, with urban service improvement, institutional strengthening and e-governance aspects.

Under the Project Preparation Study (PPS), CDIA will adopt an integrated smart city development approach and prepare the investment components along one priority cluster comprising the cities of Laksham, Feni, and Mirrersharai. It will work with them to prioritize sub-projects toward smart and climate-resilient urban systems and infrastructure in some of the following sectors: water supply and sanitation, drainage, urban mobility, solid waste management, flood protection, and public spaces.

The PPS will be the basis for subsequent feasibility study and due diligence work to be carried out by a team administered by AIIB.

Expected Development Impacts

When fully implemented, the project will improve the overall urban services both at the cluster and city-levels. It will also espouse integrated and harmonized urban services for the city-clusters thereby accelerating growth and development for the economic corridor. Overall, this drives local economic dynamism through low-carbon growth strategy capitalizing on technology and information system innovations.
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