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Press Release

March 31, 2014

Japan's Grant Assistance to Bangladesh over $23 million for safe and reliable air navigation and inspection system

Japan has decided to extend a grant aid up to 2,402 million Yen (approximately 23.5 million USD) for improvement of Airport Safety and Security Systems of Bangladesh on March 31, 2014. The Exchange of Note was signed by H. E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh and Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin, Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of their respective Governments. Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office and Mr. Mohammad Mejbahuddin signed the Grant Agreement.

H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima noted in his speech, "it is our pleasure to cooperate on the aviation safety of Bangladesh which is one of the most important fields to drive the momentum of development of the country." The effectiveness of Japan's contribution in this field, especially, in the region including Bangladesh is significant.

For Bangladesh, Japan supported the improvement of Chittagong Airport completed in 2001 through Japanese ODA loan and has provided several assistance for training in the capacity building for aviation staffs. Recently, the flight density in Bangladesh has increased significantly, and the international community has strongly requested Bangladesh to improve the safety standard of aviation control. Against this backdrop, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) and organizations concerned have urged the importance of upgrading and renewing relevant equipments.

Japan has accumulated a lot of experiences on supporting aviation control in high density flights as well as development of functional infrastructure for aviation users, through providing similar cooperation to Nepal and Myanmar recently.

Moreover, updated CNS (Control, Navigation and Surveillance) provided by Japan will be executed to contribute to not only safe flight and to reduce the fuel consumption, but to improve the reliability of navigation and inspection system, which will eventually contribute to development of logistics and tourism industry. Mr. Mikio Hataeda, JICA, emphasized the importance of enhancing capacity building for operation and maintenance by making full use of the soft component.

Summary of Project
Project for Improvement of Airport Safety and Security Systems

As more than 100,000 aircrafts flying in Bangladesh every year (about 300 per day), reflecting the rapid increase of passengers with 8.4% growth in Dhaka International Airport, the demand for safe and reliable civil aviation has increased as well. In order to upgrade the air navigation system and to enhance safety of take-off and landing, by complying with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards, the project will install air safety and security facilities such as a new Primary/Secondary Surveillance Radar (PSR/SSR), Doppler VOR/DME and Baggage Inspection System, to four airports in Dhaka, Chittagong, Jessore and Saidpur. The Project will be implemented in 22 months.

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