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UN, WB keen to work for road safety in Bangladesh

  • Published at 06:43 pm September 24th, 2019
Obaidul Quader
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader addresses a meeting with meeting with a delegation led by UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Road Safety Jean Todt at the former’s office at the Secretariat on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 PID

Quader say his ministry will take necessary preparations about it

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank (WB) have expressed their keenness to jointly work for road safety and prevention of road accidents in Bangladesh.

The minister disclosed this to journalists after a view-exchange meeting with an eight-member delegation led by UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Road Safety Jean Todt at the former’s office at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region Hartwig Schafer was also present at the time. 

Quader said his ministry will soon take necessary preparations including formulation of a project.

Quader, also Awami League general secretary, said World Bank will finance for upgrading 160km highway to four-lane from Jhenaidah to Bhomra in Satkhira via Jessore.

He said a 100km highway from Hatikumrul to Jhenaidah will be upgraded to four-lane with the funding of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

The minister further said the World Bank’s road safety affairs cell is working on the 111-point recommendation given by the committee formed to ensure road safety and bring discipline in the transport sector.

He said the UN and the World Bank want to show visible changes in road safety within the next three years by implementing projects with their own finance.

Earlier, a four-member delegation led by Democracy International Chief of Party Katie Croake met the minister.