Yuho Hayakawa, chief representative of JICA in Bangladesh called on Sultana Afroz, secretary and CEO of PPP Authority, Prime Minister’s Office. He was accompanied by Kawano Ryo, project formulation advisor (transport) and Suman Das Gupta, lead programme manager.

Speaking at the meeting, Sultana Afroz, expressed her appreciation for JICA’s support for PPP projects and other priority projects of Bangladesh which are essential for Bangladesh’s rapid economic development. PPP Authority is working with Japan in 5 PPP projects including, (1) Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Highway Project, (2) Construction of Outer Ring Road (Southern Part), (3) Detailed Design, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of Mass Rapid Transit MRT Line-2, (4) Construction of Multimodal Transport Hub (MmTH) at Kamalapur Railway Station & (5) Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Multimodal Transport Hub (MmTH) at Biman Bandar Railway Station.

The secretary and CEO of PPP Authority attributed the success of PPP projects to the prime minister Sheikh Hasina who is providing policy support and changing laws and regulations to create an investment-friendly environment in Bangladesh. The PPP Authority presented an overview of the activities of PPP Authority and the PPP projects in its pipeline.

Yuho Hayakawa commended the progress of PPP Authority and its activities, especially the accelerated pace of the Dhaka Elevated Expressway, Dhaka Bypass and more. He was impressed with Sultana Afroz’s forward thinking on the intrinsic role of PPP projects in Bangladesh’s economic development and her direct role in increasing the number of women in professional positions.The heads and the representatives of the two agencies decided to increase their interaction and enhance their cooperation to promote and support PPP projects in Bangladesh.