IFC Assists Dhaka City Authority to Implement
Safe Building Standards
Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 12, 2014 – IFC, a member of the World Bank
Group, is working with the Dhaka city development authority to improve
building safety standards by strengthening the construction permit approval
process and related building inspection mechanisms.
With this project, Bangladesh Investment Climate Fund, managed by IFC in
partnership with the U.K. government and the European Union, aims to improve
safe building standards prevalent in Bangladesh. Through this project,
IFC will support Dhaka city development authority, Rajdhani Unnayan Kotripokkho
or RAJUK, to introduce third party inspection for increased safety, streamline
existing laws, automate the construction permits issue process, and introduce
digital signatures to reduce paperwork.
The project will actively encourage pro-environment green options to save
water and energy in new buildings by incorporating green building measures
in the RAJUK construction regulation.
“Dhaka is densely populated and situated in an earthquake prone zone.
Bringing down risk levels in buildings is crucial. To address global concerns
around safety in buildings, we are keen to support strict enforcement of
building inspection and regulation of construction permits,” said Md.
Nurul Huda, Chairman of RAJUK.
Dhaka is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, and there is a
need for more disciplined growth in the future. In a landmark move, Bangladesh
government has committed cash contribution to the project aiming to improve
the country’s investment climate.
“IFC is committed to providing assistance to raise safety standards of
buildings in Bangladesh. Once factories and buildings are given clearance
using a thorough, fast and reliable system, investment confidence in Bangladesh
will get a boost. This will also help address concerns about unsafe infrastructure
in the ready-made garment sector,” said Kyle F Kelhofer, IFC Country Manager.
IFC and International Labour Organization are working together on a labor
standards program called Better Work, which focuses on improved buildings
for worker security. IFC recently participated in the International Trade
Expo for Building Fire Safety along with other stakeholders in Bangladesh
to take the dialogue further
IFC’s advisory services focus on improving business operating environment
in addition to a growing investment program in Bangladesh. IFC works with
the government to design and implement programs to introduce business-friendly
policies, laws and regulations, while strengthening the institutions that
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