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Connecting the nation

Ensuring transparency, efficiency, and sustainability in infrastructure development is equally crucial

Update : 18 Oct 2023, 01:03 PM

For a developing nation like Bangladesh, the role of robust infrastructure and seamless connectivity cannot be overstated. It is the backbone of economic growth, social development, and regional integration. As we march towards a brighter future, investing in, expanding, and maintaining our infrastructure networks is paramount.

To that end, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurating 150 bridges in 39 districts this week is a sign that we understand the importance of this.

One of the key pillars of development is transportation infrastructure. A well-maintained road network is critical for economic growth. They not only facilitate the movement of goods and people but also reduce transportation costs and time. Moreover, bridges lead to decrease in traffic congestion and suffering on the road, which lead to people's travel time and transportation costs to reduce. 

This in turn can lead to greater trade opportunities, attract investments, and stimulate economic activities across the nation.

This should act as a catalyst to improve our overall connectivity and infrastructure, which has far reaching consequences. Bangladesh's geographical location presents us with a unique advantage. By investing in connectivity and logistics networks, we have the potential to become a regional trade hub and attract foreign investments, which is something we have historically struggled with. 

Investing in infrastructure is only part of the equation. Ensuring transparency, efficiency, and sustainability in infrastructure development is equally crucial. Effective public-private partnerships, rigorous project management, and strict adherence to environmental standards are essential to avoid the pitfalls that some nations have faced when developing their infrastructure.

Infrastructure and connectivity are the foundations upon which a developed Bangladesh can stand. It's not just about concrete, wires, and roads; it's about fostering economic growth, improving the quality of life for our citizens, and positioning ourselves on the world stage.

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