BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University organized a Roundtable Discussion titled State of Cities: Governance for a Livable Chittagong on 7 September, 2014 at Chittagong Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CMCCI) Conference Hall, Chittagong. Dr. Tofail Ahmed, Head of Politics, Democracy and Governance, BIGD conducted the event.

BIGD Research Fellow M Shahidul Islam shared the key research findings of the institutes forthcoming State of Cities report that analyzed evolution of urban governance, service delivery, transport management, land use and housing, political economy of urban governance of Chittagong followed by designated Panel Discussants Professor Dr. Muinul Islam, Engr. Ali Ashraf, Dr. Mainul Islam Mahmud and Professor Dr. Mohammad Jashimuddin opined their views and suggestions on the draft research report. Distinguished guests then participated in an open discussion and shared their observations.


The roundtable was arranged before the inauguration of the research report in order to accommodate feedback of the stakeholders and intellectuals based on Chittagong.

The roundtable was also attended by Mohammad Abdus Salam, Administrator, Chittagong Zilla Parishad; Mr. Mahmudul Islam Chowdhury, Ex-Mayor, Chittagong City Corporation; Professor AQM Shirajul Islam, President, Peshajibi Samannay Parishad, Chittagong; Engr. Md. Delwar Hossain Majumder, President, TIB-Chittagong; Profesor Dr. Syed Ahsanul Alam, President, CMCCI; Dr. Q Mohidul Alam, Vice Chairman, TIB-Chittagong; Dr. Monzurul Amin Chowdhury, President, Forum for Peoples Voice; Md. Mahfuzur Rahman, Deputy Director, IIUC, Engr. Bidhan Barua, Forum for Planned Chittagong; Muhammad Zohurul Hoque, Chittagong WASA; Engr. Shubhash Barua, Forum for Planned Chittagong; Mr. Wahid Malek, Managing Editor, The Dainik Azadi; Mr. Bishwajit Chhowdhury, Joint Editor, The Daily Prothom Alo; Mr. Ejaz Eusoofi, President, CUJ; Professor Sikandar Khan, Vice Chanellor, East Delta University and others.