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Chief Representative's Speech

October 28, 2015

Workshop on Revision and Updating of Strategic Transport Plan
(28 Oct. /2015 @ CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka)


Honorable Chief Guest, Mr. Obaidul Quader, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges,
Honorable Chairperson, Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific, Mr. M.A.N. Siddique, Secretary, Road Transport and Highways Division,
Mr. Kaikobad Hossain, Executive Director, Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority,
Distinguished Participants, Officials of the Government of Bangladesh, Representatives from Private Sector and Development Partners.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Assalam-u-Alaikum and Good Morning

I welcome you all for being kind to attend "The Workshop on the Revision and Updating of the Strategic Transport Plan" jointly organized by the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority and JICA.

Dhaka, nonetheless the capital, suffers from lack of good transport network causing many problems for the city dwellers. I think it is your everyday experience how long it takes to reach different destinations in the city. Time lost on the way due to traffic jam is enormous and undoubtedly a big bottleneck for socio-economic development. This situation has worsened in recent years due to increase of large volume of vehicles without adequate infrastructural development.

On this background, JICA feels that it should cooperate with the Bangladesh Government in tackling their urban-transport challenges based on JICA's experiences in many cities such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Cairo and Sophia of developing Mass Rapid Transit, Light Rapid Transit, flyovers, expressways, etc. As for the Dhaka Metropolitan Area, we regard it as indispensable to conduct a comprehensive and long-term study before selecting appropriate mode of transport.

Responding to the request of the Government of Bangladesh, JICA has extended its Technical Cooperation for revising and updating of the existing Strategic Transport Plan which was formulated in 2005. The RSTP will promote an efficient plan of urban-transport development for the Dhaka Metropolitan Area up to the Year 2035.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We expect that a number of projects will be rolled out in near future out of this study. New challenges will emerge, however, if the Government of Bangladesh is to proceed to implementing those projects recommended by RSTP:

  • First, most of the Projects are capital intensive and hence require hefty investments.
  • Second, an efficient institutional arrangement for coordination and execution is a must. We expect that DTCA will play its mandated role to provide effective coordination among different agencies and stakeholders for implementation of various urban-transport projects.
  • Last but not least, an able and strong leadership is linchpin in spearheading these mega projects. That is why, on-time implementation of MRT Line-6 is crucial in building public confidence in government institutions for their abilities to deliver mega public transport projects.

We at JICA are pleased to collaborate with the Government of Bangladesh to address these challenges.

JICA Study Team will present their findings on RSTP in detail during technical sessions of today's workshop. We really appreciate your valuable comments and suggestions on the Draft Final Report which I believe will polish up the outcome of the study.

Finally, I once again thank you all for attending the workshop and hope you will continue to support the urban-transport development of the Dhaka Metropolitan Area.

Shobaike Onek Donnobad. Thank you very much.


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