The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) organised a roundtable discussion titled “The political economy of urban space in Dhaka city” on May 25, 2013 at BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium, Dhaka. The discussion was based on a working paper titled “The Political Economy of Urban Space: Land and Real Estate in Dhaka City” authored by Kazi Nur Mohammed Hossainul Haque, Senior Research Associate, IGS.

IGS Director Dr Rizwan Khair opened the roundtable with a welcome speech. The session was moderated by Professor Nazrul Islam, Chairman of Centre for Urban Studies, while the panel discussants of the roundtable included Professor Fuad Hassan Mallick, Pro-Vice Chancellor, BRAC University, and Dr A T M Nurul Amin from North South University. The author Kazi Hossainul Haque made the keynote presentation summarising his Working Paper that was followed by comments and suggestions from the participants and panel discussants. The discussion was participated by, among others, Dr Roxana Hafiz, Director of Urban Region Planning, BUET, Dr Ishrat Islam, Department of Architecture, BUET, Engr Mohammad Abdul Awal,

Managing Director of Structural Enginners Ltd, Architect Mr. Sail Ul Haque, Advocate Manzill Murshid, Mr. Sirajul Islam, Town Planner of Dhaka City Corporation, Mr. Taibur Rahman, Ministry of Planning, and Engr Syed Azizul Haque from PWD, Dhaka.

Reports about the discussion:

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The Daily Star

The Shokalerkhabor

The Ittefaq

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