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ADFD Delegation Studies Progress of Bangladesh Projects

Abu Dhabi,01 Mar 2017

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) dispatched a delegation to Bangladesh to review and study the current status of its two funded projects – the Sikalbaha Power Station and the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project (SASEC). <br /><br />
Having toured the Sikalbaha Power Station, the delegation confirmed that 90 percent of works have been completed. In 2011, ADFD allocated a concessionary loan worth AED115 million to finance the project that aims to strengthen and stabilise the national grid, and meet Dhaka’s energy needs. Moreover, the funding contributed to the construction of new 225-megawatt generators. <br /><br />
With the construction works ahead of schedule, the power plant is expected to open by end-2017. Phase One – an open-cycle gas turbine generator – has already been completed and is capable of producing up to 150 megawatts of electricity.
The second leg of the trip comprised a visit to the SASEC Road Connectivity Project. In 2013, ADFD committed an AED110 million concessionary loan to finance the project. Road developments and transportation infrastructure works have been underway since March 2016 and are now 22 percent complete. All project work has been carried out in accordance with pre-set agreements and timelines between ADFD and the Bangladeshi government. <br /><br />
Re-affirming ADFD’s commitment to efficient, effective and timely project execution, His Excellency Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, said: “ADFD is keen on following-up on all its projects. We engage in routine visits in order to uphold our agreed upon parameters and offer our continued support. I’m glad to report that both projects are moving along swiftly, expertly and with the utmost regard to operational efficiency.”<br /><br />
ADFD and Bangladesh enjoy close ties dating back to 1976. Their constructive cooperation aims to achieve sustainable development goals in vital economic sectors that benefit the Bangladeshi population. Over the past four decades, ADFD has funded eight developmental projects in the country with a total monetary value of AED692 million, covering key socio-economic sectors, such as transport, communications, agriculture, irrigation, electricity, water and mining. <br /><br />
ADFD also holds a 60 percent stake in the UAE-Bangladesh Investment Company Limited (UBICO). The Fund utilises its majority share to enhance living standards for the Bangladeshi community through allocating concessionary loans to small and medium-sized projects.<br /><br />