Smart City Week begins on 29 November till 05 December

Nov 28, 2017

Bangladesh is fast-approaching its urban future; today's urban population of 55 million will double to over 100 million by 2050. That means more than half of us will live in cities by 2040, mirroring the global urbanization trend. Phenomenal urban growth is significantly contributing to national GDP, the impact of which is manifested in the growth of urban centers, further leading to the burgeoning in cities. Yet this poses serious challenges for basic services that cannot keep up, environmental degradation, and worsening living conditions. This can impact how well Bangladesh achieves the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its aspirations for becoming an upper middle-income country by 2041.

Against this backdrop, Smart City Week is going to be organized jointly by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Access to Information Programme (a2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office to build awareness around smart city ideas that focus on people’s needs, which includes a three-day Smart City Innovation Hub.


What:       Launch of Smart City Week 2017

When:      Tuesday 29 November 2017, 9.30-11.00am

Where:     Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre

Who:        Chief Guest- Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Mayor, Dhaka South City Corporation

Special Guests:

·         H M Ahidul Islam, Secretary General, MAB & Mayor Kotalipara Municipality

·         Professor Dr. Jamilur Reza Choudhury, Vice-Chancellor, University of Asia Pacific

·         Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden

·         Dr. Salina Hayat Ivy, Mayor, Narayanganj City Corporation

Welcome Remarks: Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP

Chair:         Kabir Bin Anwar, Director General (Administration), Prime Minister’s Office & Project Director of a2i Programmme


A tour to the Smart City Innovation Hub will follow the launch.

Contact information

To RSVP, for media inquiries and to request an embargoed copy please contact: Md. Abdul Quayyum,, Mobile: +8801715025551 or Abu Mehedi Imam,, Mobile +88017141343345. More on Smart City Week:

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