Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Six Saudi-funded projects stymied

Hamstrung by slow disbursement of funds and land acquisition problems, agencies implementing six Saudi-funded projects for upgrading a 50-bed cancer hospital to a 500-bed one are facing serious hurdles. According to the Economic Relations Division (ERD) and the implementing agencies, though the agreement between the Saudi Fund for Development or the Saudi Development Fund (SDF) and the ERD was signed in 2006 for upgrading the 50-bed National Cancer Research Institute and Hospital to a 500-bed one, progress in its implementation has not been satisfactory.
The sources further pointed out that the cost of materials has mostly doubled or tripled during the past seven years. The construction firm is not interested in continuing the work unless the project cost is increased, taking into account the escalation in the cost of materials.
ERD sources added that the government has so far received only USD 1.82 million out of USD 15 million of the SDF.
Under the project plan, it was scheduled to carry out eight construction works. Of the eight construction works, the implementing agency is constructing only three works.
The rest have not been implemented as the authorities have failed to acquire lands for the project.
A review meeting was held at the ERD on December 2 for reviewing the progress of the SDF-funded projects.
The implementing agency also pointed out that a writ petition was pending before the High Court, preventing it from acquiring land for constructing the two 16-storied residential buildings for the hospital staff.
On the other hand, the SDF has disbursed just USD 3.89 million out of USD 8 million over seven years for the 250-bed National Eye Institute and Hospital. The funds were provided to purchase equipment for establishing a centre of excellence.
Sources said the SDF did not disburse money as the records of the construction works of the hospital were not maintained in accordance with the detailed project plan.
The implementing, monitoring and evaluation division also detected massive corruption during its implementation.
Similarly, the Mogbazar-Mouchak flyover project (Saudi portion of USD 81.34 million), third Shitalokkha Bridge (USD 45 million), renovation works of the Teesta main canal and related structures under the command area of the Teesta barrage project (phase 1) (USD 1.27 million) and the Shikalbaha 225 MW dual fuel combined cycle power plant (USD 167.73 million) are being delayed as a result of the slow disbursement of funds.

-With The Independent input

Related News

NCC Bank celebrates 31 years of operations

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com NCC Bank celebrated its 31 years of operations at the bank’s head office in Dhaka on Friday. Md Abul Bashar, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the 31st anniversary programme, said a press release. NCC Bank started its journey on May 17, 1993. “During the 31 year-long-journey, the bank played a remarkable ... Read more

21 winners receive gifts from Nagad’s mega campaign

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com A total of 21 winners have received different gifts by taking part in the country’s biggest transactions campaign – initiated by Nagad, a popular mobile financial service provider. Recently, Nagad’s Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer Sadat Adnan Ahmad and Executive Vice-President and Deputy Chief Marketing Officer Muhammad Solaiman handed ... Read more

Hatil Chairman Selim H Rahman honoured with CIP award

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Selim H Rahman, the esteemed Chairman and Managing Director of HATIL, a leading name in the furniture industry, was conferred with the prestigious Commercially Important Person (CIP) award for his pioneering contributions to the export of the furniture sector. The ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka, on ... Read more

Emirates announces first destinations for A350 service

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Emirates has announced the first set of destinations to be served by its A350 aircraft entering service in September 2024. The airline plans to deploy its latest aircraft type to 9 destinations in the coming months, offering customers its latest signature cabin experiences.10 new A350s are expected to join the Emirates ... Read more

Adidas nearly ready to open outlet in Dhaka

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Adidas, the German athletic apparel and footwear giant, is set to open its first outlet in Bangladesh this month at Gulshan-1 in the capital. The three-stripes will partner up with leading local conglomerate DBL Group, which will facilitate its entry into the Bangladesh market. “We have planned a soft launch on ... Read more

Shwapno opens new outlet in Pabna

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Popular retail chain shop “Shwapno” has opened a new outlet in Pabna’s Sujanagar at Molla Super Market. The inauguration took place at 5:30pm on 30 December, reads a press release. Present at the event were Ahmed Firoz Kabir, Member of Parliament for Pabna-2 (Sujanagar, Aminpur), Chairman Shahinujjaman Shahin of Sujanagar Upazila, ... Read more

Shwapno launches new outlet at Bashundhara

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Shwapno, the largest retail chain in Bangladesh, launched an outlet in the Bashundhara area on Thursday offering a month-long discount with a home delivery facility. On behalf of Bashundhara Group, media advisor Mohammad Abu Tayeb inaugurated the outlet as guest of honour at the Rupayan shopping centre in the residential area, ... Read more

With ‘Face ID’ and ‘Fingerprint’ login bKash app is now more secure, user-friendly

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com bKash app introduces biometric ‘Face ID’ and ‘Fingerprint’ login features to make users’ daily transactions easier and safer. Alongside, exciting new features – ‘Group Send Money’, ‘Request Money’, ‘Savings Marketplace’ and selecting ‘Default Card’ to use the ‘Add money’ service from VISA card to bKash – are also included in the ... Read more

Grameenphone wins ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023’ in Financial Inclusion

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com It was an evening to rejoice and remember for Grameenphone at the Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023, as the organization’s sincere efforts with flagship initiatives GP Accelerator and GP Academy received due recognition. Renowned media house The Daily Star, along with CSR Window, honored the winners at the Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence ... Read more

Banglalink wins the best sustainability award

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Banglalink has won the ‘Best Sustainability Excellence Initiative’ award in the ‘Disaster Response’ category at the ‘Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards 2023,’ jointly presented by The Daily Star and CSR Window Bangladesh. The award is in recognition of Banglalink’s contribution to societal welfare through the innovative integration of an Early Warning System ... Read more

StanChart wins Mastercard Excellence Awards

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Standard Chartered Bangladesh has clinched awards in three categories at the “Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023”. The categories are “Excellence in Mastercard Contactless (Issuing)”, “Excellence in Mastercard Credit Business (International)”, and “Excellence in Mastercard Business (Innovation)”. Naser Ezaz Bijoy, chief executive officer of the multinational bank, received an award from Atiur Rahman, ... Read more

Nagad wins Mastercard Excellence Award 2023

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Nagad, a popular mobile financial service provider in Bangladesh, has clinched “Mastercard Excellence Award” 2023 for its contribution to credit card bill payments. The mobile money carrier has been honoured with this prestigious award as the “Master Evolution”, reads a press release. On behalf of his company, Nagad’s Executive Director Maruful ... Read more

Prime Bank clinches Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Prime Bank PLC, a leading private commercial bank of the country, has won Mastercard Excellence Awards 2023 for Debit Business (Domestic) category. Nazeem A Choudhury, deputy managing director of the bank, and Masudul Haque Bhuiyan, head of Cards & Alternative Delivery Channel, received the award from Dr Atiur Rahman, former governor ... Read more

Zakia Rouf Chowdhury elected as vice chairman of Bank Asia

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Zakia Rouf Chowdhury has been elected as Vice Chairman of Bank Asia Limited recently at the 508th meeting of the Board of Directors of the bank. She has an illustrious business career of more than 35 years in the private sector of Bangladesh. Since inception, she has been holding leadership positions ... Read more

Yamaha celebrates 7 years with ACI Motors

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com ACI Marts is the sole distributor and technical collaboration partner of Yamaha motorcycles in Bangladesh. ACI Motors started its journey in 2007 as a subsidiary of renowned company ACI Limited. In 2016, Yamaha started a new journey in Bangladesh with ACI Motors. At present, more than 116 Yamaha 3S (Sales, Service ... Read more

Walton boosts TV exports to Denmark, Ireland

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladeshi global electronics brand Walton has boosted up its exports of television to Denmark, Ireland and other European countries as the demand of Walton television goes high in those countries in recent times, according to a press release. Walton Global Business Unit’s Vice-President Syed Al Imran said that Walton has been ... Read more

Mutual Trust Bank launches privilege centres in Dhaka

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Mutual Trust Bank Ltd recently launched its two revamped privilege centres in Dhanmondi and Uttara celebrating “MTB Retail Fest 2023”. Syed Mahbubur Rahman, managing director and CEO of the bank, inaugurated the centres as the chief guest, said a press release. Privilege Banking customers enjoy a wide range of exclusive benefits, ... Read more

Prime Bank Investment launches PrimeInvest

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Prime Bank Investment Ltd (PBIL), a subsidiary of Prime Bank, launched PrimeInvest, a comprehensive discretionary product suite that aims to foster access to investment for individuals and institutional investors. CQK Mustaq Ahmed, chairman of PBIL, inaugurated the product at its head office in Banani in the capital, said a press release. ... Read more

Midland Bank strikes deal with Bangladesh Bank

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Midland Bank Ltd recently signed a participation agreement with the Financial Sector Support and Strategic Planning Department (FSSSPD) of the Bangladesh Bank for availing refinance facility in US dollars. Liza Fahmida, director of the BB department, and Md Ahsan-uz Zaman, managing director of Midland Bank, inked the deal at the BB ... Read more

National Bank signs deal with Bangladesh Bank

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com National Bank Ltd has signed an agreement on “Financial Inclusion Credit Guarantee Scheme” with Bangladesh Bank, aiming to boost financing to cottage, micro, small and medium enterprises (CMSME). Manoj Kumar Howlader, director of the credit guarantee department of the central bank, and Md Mehmood Husain, managing director and CEO of National ... Read more