Im­prov­ing In­fra­struc­ture

Southasia - - Briefing -

In an at­tempt to re­duce poverty in Bangladesh, the government re­cently ap­pointed Mott MacDon­ald, an in­ter­na­tional mul­tidis­ci­plinary con­sul­tancy, to sup­port three devel­op­ment projects. Th­ese projects will in­crease in­come and re­duce poverty by pro­vid­ing bet­ter vocational op­por­tu­ni­ties to Bangladeshis.

The Asian Devel­op­ment Bank will fi­nance th­ese projects. The con­sult­ing firm will de­sign and su­per­vise ser­vices for the Sus­tain­able Ru­ral In­fra­struc­ture Im­prove­ment Project. Th­ese projects will pro­mote re­source devel­op­ment, agri­cul­ture, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment, cli­mate change projects, ca­pac­ity build­ing and gen­der equal­ity projects in Bangladesh’s north­west and south­west re­gions. More­over, the project aims to en­hance the stan­dard of liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas by pro­vid­ing res­i­dents ac­cess to so­cial ser­vices such as health, ed­u­ca­tion and wi­den­ing ac­cess to mar­kets. Mott MacDon­ald is also pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal and man­age­ment con­sul­tancy ser­vices to link re­mote com­mu­ni­ties to high­ways, de­velop ir­ri­ga­tion and water re­sources and of­fer eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties through farm­ing.

Of late, Bangladesh has seen to be as pro­gress­ing as South Asia’s busi­ness hub with un­prece­dented growth in the in­dus­trial and trade sec­tor. The government’s plan to hire Mott MacDon­ald sig­ni­fies Bangladesh’s will­ing­ness to de­velop its in­fra­struc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate long-term growth. By im­prov­ing in­fra­struc­ture, the coun­try aims to in­crease house­hold in­come by al­most 75%, en­abling more than a mil­lion peo­ple to ben­e­fit from the project.

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