5 February 2010
WYG’s Keith Perry is leading a team of international and national consultants preparing the City Region Development Project for Dhaka - the capital and commercial heart of Bangladesh.
This key piece of technical assistance for the Government of Bangladesh is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
As cities grow, so do their slum populations. Most of the world’s urban growth in the next two decades will be absorbed by cities of the developing world, which are least equipped to deal with rapid urbanization. Urban poverty has a serious impact on economic growth in places such as Bangladesh. The Dhaka project includes specification of a USD 100 million plus ADB loan to the Government of Bangladesh for sustainable planning and infrastructure projects, supporting regional economic development and the interests of the urban poor.
Keith Perry, Head of WYG’s International Masterplanning and Urban Design practice, said: “I am thrilled to be leading the main consultant’s team on this challenging project which will require innovative development and investment proposals to enhance economic activity and social cohesion in a city whose very survival is at risk through climate change.”
To this extent the project will set an urban planning and development framework for the City Region, which is intended to form a context for longer term investment by the ADB and other international funding agencies.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director of WYG Environment Planning Transport, said: “I am delighted that through Keith, WYG is providing assistance to the city of Dhaka as it establishes plans for its long term sustainable development. Given Dhaka’s characteristics - size, the strain from expected future urban growth, relative poverty and of its exposure to climate change – this appointment confirms our position as a company that specialises in contributing to some of the world’s most interesting and challenging projects.”