City Government is necessary to ensure good governance, Experts say



The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), BRAC University and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) jointly organised a Roundtable Discussion on Urban Governance in Chittagong: Problems and Prospects at the CCCI Conference Hall, Chittagong on 26th February 2014.

Mr. Mahbubul Alam, President, CCCI presided over the roundtable while Mr. M Shahidul Islam, Research Fellow, IGS presented a keynote paper.

Speakers at the roundtable called for the formation of a city government to ensure good governance and bring about desired development in the port city. They also stressed the need for a better coordination among the service providing agencies. Proper enforcement of law to protect human rights, development of infrastructure and capable in forward looking leadership are also required to ensure urban facility and economic growth, they observed at the roundtable.

The speakers also underscored the need for developing human resources, determining standard and area of service on the basis of needs and position of consumers and keeping in mind the issue of global warming, rights and interest of people while introducing rules. They put emphasis on ensuring required facilities to attract foreign investors including those from Japan and Korea.
Mr. Nurul Islam, Honorary Consul of Japan in Bangladesh; Mr. Ali Ashraf, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Southern University; Prof Dr. Obaidul Karim, Chief Town Planner, Chittagong Development Authority; Syed Jamal Ahmed, Vice-President, CCCI; Mr. Mahfuzul Haque Shah, Director, CCCI; BKMEA leader Mr. Shawkat Osman, Md Roshangir Bachchu, DMD, Bank Asia; Dr. Md. Kabirul Islam Khan, Dean, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Science University; Mr. Mosleh Uddin Chowdhury Khaled, Dean, International Islamic University; CCC Councillor Rehana Begum Ranu; Mr. SM Nazer Hossain, President, CAB and woman leader Jesmin Sultana Paru, Mr. Shahinul Islam Khan and Dr. Shawkatul Meher also spoke.

The roundtable was widely covered by the print media and following are the links to the news coverage from 27th February 2014 issue.
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Daily Bonikbarta

Daily Prothom Alo

Daily Sun

Financial Express

Dainik Purbokone

Daily Natunbarta

Banglanews24 Online

Daily Shuprovat