May 20, 2015
The signing ceremony of the grant assistance by the Government of Japan on "The Project for Improvement of Solid Waste Management Equipment" was held at Economic Relations Division (ERD) of Ministry of Finance on April 20th, 2015. Mr. Takeshi Matsunaga, Chargés d'affaires ad interim of Japan to Bangladesh and Mr. Mohammad Abu Taher, Additional Secretary of ERD signed the Exchange of Notes representing respective governments. Mr. Mikio Hataeda, Chief Representative of JICA Bangladesh Office, also attended the ceremony and signed the Grant Agreement for the project.
Since 2003, Japan has been continuously extending assistance, in several ways, to realize "Clean Dhaka". Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have improved the waste management service based on "Clean Dhaka Master Plan," which was formulated and implemented with Japanese support. The sanitary landfill sites in Matuail and Amin Bazar were developed and 112 waste collection vehicles were provided. In addition, Japan supported the capacity building of DNCC and DSCC officials through the technical assistance, and JICA volunteers have engaged environmental education for communities and students. With these cooperation, the amount of waste collection in Dhaka has increased dramatically from 1,400ton/day (2004) to 3,300ton/day (2014), improving the sanitary environment.
At this time, the Government of Japan provides the grant assistance up to 1,486 million Japanese Yen to deploy 150 waste collection vehicles in Dhaka and Chittagong cities. The amount of waste is estimated to increase in Dhaka from 5,100 ton/day in 2014 to 5,700 ton/day in 2019, and in Chittagong from 1,600 ton/day to 1,900 ton/day during the same period. This project would enable the City Corporations to raise their waste collection capacity by 1,800 ton/day and the waste collection rate would be risen from 65%(Dhaka, 2014) and 75%(Chittagong, 2014) to 80%(Dhaka, 2019) and 98%(Chittagong, 2019).
Amount of Grant Assistance: Up to 1,486 million Japanese Yen
A waste collection vehicle provided by a previous Japanese Grant.