Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been reelected Leader of the House unanimously for the 11th parliament.
The new MPs of Awami League reelected Hasina Leader of the House for the third consecutive term at the maiden meeting of the AL Parliamentary Party (ALPP) held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban after their oath taking on Thursday.
AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader and its Advisory Council member Tofail Ahmed confirmed it while talking to reporters after the meeting.
However, the Deputy Leader of the House was not picked at this first meeting of the ALPP.
Tofail said Obaidul Quader proposed the name of AL president Sheikh Hasina for electing her the Leader of the House, while AL Advisory Council member Amir Hossain Amu seconded the proposal.
Later, all the AL MPs supported the proposal and greeted Sheikh Hasina with big claps.
Tofail said Hasina is going to be the Prime Minister for the fourth time as an internationally renowned politician and the leader of the mass people of Bangladesh. “With this, Bangladesh is going to enter the golden age for the next five years,” he added.
Noting that the people of Bangladesh had long been waiting for December 30, Tofail said people recognised Sheikh Hasina as the leader of mass people by casting votes for ‘Boat, the electoral symbol of Awami League, on December 30 the way they attained independence by voting for Boat in 1970.
Obaidul Quader mentioned that they only elected the Leader of the House at the meeting and said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked all to work together.
Dhaka, January 3 (UNB) – The Communist Party of Bangladesh on Thursday demanded holding fresh national election under a neutral government.
“Cancel results of this unprecedentedly rigged election,” CPB leader Ruhin Hossain Prince said at a human chain protest at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.
“Hold a free, fair and participatory election under a neutral government,” he said, reading out a prepared statement.
Ruhin claimed that there had been many victims of post-election violence.
“There is no atmosphere for holding a free and fair election under the incumbent government. This farcical election has proven it. Many people did not get the chance to exercise their voting rights,” he alleged.
The ruling Awami League-led coalition won 96 percent seats in the December 30 polls.
As the next course of action, CPB leader Ruhin said a daylong public hearing would be held at JPC on January 11.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) - A consortium of companies from China - Sichuan Road and Bridge Group, Shamim Enterprise Ltd, and UDC Construction Limited—have signed a concession contract with the government of Bangladesh to upgrade the Dhaka Bypass under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) acted as financial advisor on the transaction to the Public–Private Partnership Authority (PPPA) of Bangladesh.
Under the contract signed with the Ministry of Roads and Bridges, a four-lane tollway and a two-lane service road will be added to the Joydevpur–Debogram–Bhulta–Madanpur Road (N-105) section of the expressway, ADB said on Thursday.
The 48-kilometer (km) project will provide a major arterial connection between the industrial zone northeast of Dhaka and national highway N1 connecting to the port city of Chattogram, as well as to N2, N3, and N4 highways leading to other major cities.
The consortium will design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the tolled expressway over a 25-year concession period, and will be able to charge tolls based on vehicle type.
The Government of Bangladesh will offer viability gap funding of 3.1 billion taka and a minimum revenue guarantee to the consortium to optimize the cost of financing.
The contract also provides the government with a share of revenues generated by the consortium over a certain threshold.
“This project brings a new dimension to public service delivery in Bangladesh. It is the first access-controlled expressway in the country,” said Chief Executive Officer of PPPA Syed Afsor H. Uddin.
He said this landmark transaction will pave the way for a pipeline of national expressways across Bangladesh.
“ADB aims to accelerate road development in Bangladesh while minimizing the financing and operational burden and bringing in a diverse set of internationally renowned infrastructure developers, operators, and financial institutions,” said the Head of ADB’s Office of Public–Private Partnership (OPPP) Yoji Morishita.
“The Government of Bangladesh establishes the objectives of the infrastructure as well as some credit supports to tackle the traffic challenge, while the private sector takes responsibility for meeting the objectives. The Dhaka Bypass is the first step in our strategy to bring Bangladesh roads to the global market based on the PPP model.”
ADB’s OPPP also provided legal support for this transaction and helped to develop a concession contract template for road PPPs through the Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F), a multi-donor trust fund managed by ADB.
This project marks the first successful collaboration between ADB’s transaction advisory services and AP3F.
ADB has been working with the Government of Bangladesh for over 5 years to transform the country’s roads by making them a bankable asset class attractive to international investors, as has happened in other sectors such as the independent power producer sector.
ADB’s OPPP is also the transaction advisor to PPPA on the 13.5-km Rampura–Amulia–Demra Expressway in Dhaka and in December 2018 was appointed transaction advisor for the approximately 210-km Dhaka Chattogram Expressway, the busiest road artery for passenger and freight in the country.
ADB has long supported PPPs and in 2014 established the OPPP to provide independent transactional advice and develop broader PPP knowledge and expertise in the region. ADB has also pioneered the AP3F, a $73 million trust fund supported by the governments of Japan, Canada, and Australia, to provide project preparation, project definition, and capacity-building support to governments for PPP projects.
ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.
Dhaka, Jan 3 (UNB) – After her party's massive victory in the 11th parliamentary election, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to meet President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Thursday.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet the President at 4 pm, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told UNB.
This will be the first meeting of the Prime Minister with the President after Awami League's absolute victory in the national election held on December 30.
Dhaka, Jan 2 (UNB) – Newly elected leaders of the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) have congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on her party Awami League’s victory in Sunday’s election.
The JPC leaders, led by its president Saiful Alam and general secretary Farida Yasmin, greeted the Prime Minister presenting her a bouquet at her official residence Ganobhaban on Tuesday.
JPC senior vice-president Omar Farroque, vice-president Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, joint secretaries Shahed Chowdhury and Mainul Alam, treasurer Shaymal Dutta and executive committee members were present.