May 20, 2015
His Excellency, Mr. Takeshi Matsunaga, Charges d'affaires ad interim, the Embassy of Japan,
Mr. Mohammad Abu Taher, Additional Secretary, Economic Relations Division, Ministry of Finance,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Assalamualikum and good afternoon.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude and congratulations to all concerned on concluding the Exchange of Notes and Grant Agreement for the Project for Improvement of Solid Waste Management Equipment.
The sanitary environment of cities is crucially important not only for dwellers but for potential investors and tourists. Since the year of 2000, JICA has been assisting in formulating a master plan for solid waste management in Dhaka and materializing it through technical and financial cooperation. The sanitary landfills in Matuail and Amin Bazar, which are the sole landfill sites in Dhaka, were developed utilizing Japan Debt Cancellation Fund.
Japan so far granted 112 waste collection vehicles with a mechanical workshop. And more than ten JICA volunteers have been dispatched for proper management of the vehicles and environmental education in schools and ward cummunities. Thanks to the concerted effort of the Waste Management Departments of Dhaka North and South City Corporations, the amount of daily waste collection has got more than doubled during the last decade. (from 1,400 tons in 2004 to 3,300 tons in 2014)
Furthermore, JICA is going to support formulation of the next Clean Dhaka Master Plan.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Responding to growing need in Dhaka and this time in Chittagong as well, today's grant agreement is to provide 1,486 million yen, approximately 96 crore taka, for procurement of 150 fuel efficient waste collection vehicles, including 58 modern compactors, along with necessary technical cooperation for proper operation and maintenance. These vehicles will transport nearly 2,000 tons of waste per day in addition to current 3,300 tons. Besides, the vehicles will consume less fuel and emit less greenhouse gases than conventional vehicles.
I would like to remind two issues to be addressed to make the grant assistance project effective and sustainable. First, competent staffs should be assigned to all the vacant positions in the Waste Management Departments of Dhaka North and South City Corporations. Second, both DNCC and DSCC should make full use of the mechanical workshop that Japan presented in a coordinated manner. The Local Government Division is requested to see that the two conditions get fulfilled.
Finally, I hope that the new grant assistance from Japan will trigger a further step forward in synchronized actions and close cooperation among all concerned to create cleaner and healthier living environment in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong.
Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.