Japanese aid sought for sewerage, wastes and water management

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Mohammad Tajul Islam called for providing Japanese assistance in sewerage disposal, waste management and drinking water supply.
The appeal came while Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Naoki Ito paid a courtesy call on him at secretariat office in the capital on Sunday, reports BSS.
“Bangladesh is still facing a big challenge in proper sewerage disposal, waste management and drinking water supply,” said the minister during the meeting with the Japanese envoy.
To overcome these problems, he said the Bangladesh government agrees to exploit Japanese technologies and experiences.
Lauding the development of the country, Japanese envoy said that Bangladesh is now a ‘role model’ in the world for achieving economic growth. The envoy assured the minister for providing Japanese assistance continuously for environmental development and Industrialization of the country.
The Japanese envoy also gave an assurance for providing necessary cooperation for waste management.
Naoki also invited the LGRD Minister to Japan for visiting the Japanese technology and process in this regard.
Noting the necessities to undertake development and construction township project outside of Dhaka and Chattogram, the Japanese diplomat said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will finance to the “Urban Development and City Governance” projects comprising with the Gazipur, Narayanganj, Cox’s Bazar municipalities and Cumilla City Corporation.
In December, this year, the Ambassador said the Agency JICA will hand over a total of 150 waste-disposal vehicles to Dhaka North, Dhaka South and Chattogram City Corporations.
The minster took the invitation and expressed his hope to visit Japan tentatively in the first week of December.
Japan is now working in establishing good governance, disaster management and urban and rural development of Bangladesh. The accumulated Japanese credit and assistance amount for 18 projects under the LGRD ministry is Taka 13,614 crore.
Local Government division’s Additional Secretaries Rokshana Quader, Dr Kazi Anwarul Haque and Mahbub Hossain, among others, attended during this time.