Right policies can transform the huge urban population into human resources

Nov 30, 2017

Speakers at the discussion on “Role of Professionals in Co-creating cities”

Bangladesh’s urban density of population will be a blessing rather than a curse if the urban structural planning and design are supported by the right policies and if technologies are used properly, speakers told at a discussion today (30 November), styled “Role of Professionals in Co-creating Cities”, organized jointly by UNDP Bangladesh and Access to Information (a2i) programme as part of their ongoing Smart City Campaign.

Addressing the discussion as the chair, Iqbal Habib, Architect and Member Secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), said “the population density in our cities is a blessing in disguise. By tapping into the potential of our urban population, we can reduce our carbon emission and move a step forward towards developing modern livable cities. But this requires supporting urban planning and design with the right policies. People from across different professions must collaborate to make this happen.”

Dr. Ahsan H Manzur, Executive Director of Policy Research Institute (PRI) highlighted the need to ensure decent housing for everyone, a reform in the housing industry and the critical role of policies in lessening existing inequality in the cities. Dr. Ishrat Islam, Head of Urban and Regional Planning department of BUET noted, “it is possible to develop livable cities by improving the environment and using technology to improve access to services and reduce congestion.”

Professor Adnan Morshed, Chairperson and Professor for Department of Architecture at BRAC University mentioned how Bangladesh is ahead in terms of developing livable cities. While cities in the West are struggling with increasing their urban populations, density in Bangladesh’s urban areas is already high. However, Bangladesh has yet to tap into the potential of its urban citizens.

Professor D. Shamsul Hoque of Civil Engineering at BUET noted, “there is an urgent need to develop well-functioning mass transport systems. Many people walk to their destinations. Wider footpaths and benches for resting will encourage more people to walk to their workplaces in the morning. “

Among others Fahim Mashroor, CEO, BDJobs, Fuad Ahsan, Moderator, BD Cyclist, AKM Mahbubur Rahman, Mayor of Bogra Municipality, Dr, Mahbubul Bari, Transportation Expert also spoke.

Contact information

For additional information, please visit: http://smartcitybangladesh.net/ or contact Md. Abdul Quayyum, md.quayyum@undp.org, +8801715025551

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