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KOICA arranges seminar on road maintenance issues

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Staff Reporter
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) recently organized a de-briefing online seminar on road maintenance and management system issues of Bangladesh.
‘Strengthening and Building the capacity of Roads & Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh officials focusing on Road Maintenance and Management System issues (Bangladesh)’ was held on Thursday, said a press release. It was co-hosted by RHD.
"In this de-briefing seminar, two fellows who attended nine-day long online training from September 21 to 29, 2020 from Roads Transport and Highways Division (RTHD) shared their experiences and knowledge gained from the training.
Also, Roads and Highways Department (RHD) officials shared their Action plans for improvement of RHD sectors in Bangladesh."
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, KOICA organized the training virtually through online platform.
For the smooth implementation of the training, KOICA has granted learning devices such as Samsung Notebook and other accessories for better access in the online learning environment.
KOICA’s Fellowship Program is designed to nurture key leaders in developing countries who can contribute to their respective organizations for better result.
This country-focused fellowship program has been launched in 2019 and will be continued until 2021. The total number of the direct beneficiaries will reach around 75, according to the release.
This year, total 21 fellows from RTHD and RHD got this opportunity.
As transportation sector is the one of Korea’s development priority areas for Bangladesh, KOICA is about to finance $8.9 million from 2020 to 2023 to an upcoming project titled “Improving the Reliability and Safety in National Highway Corridors of Bangladesh by Introduction of ITS (Intelligent Transport System)”, the press release says.
Through this comprehensive support from Korea, it is believed that Bangladesh can develop Road & Safety Masterplan along with establishment of effective road management system which will reduce time and accidents for much-needed improved road conditions in the country.