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Bangladesh gets $74m for e-governance, clean air from World Bank

  • News Desk, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2017-04-18 17:49:56 BdST

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The World Bank has signed $74m in two financing deals for Bangladesh to improve the country’s e-governance services and air quality.

A total of $29 million was allocated for the Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance Project, which will be spent to develop a shared technology infrastructure for government agencies. The money will go to improving efficiency, reducing IT risks and promoting e-government efforts.

About $35m will provide additional financing for the Clean Air and Sustainable Environment Project and will fund the establishment of additional air quality monitoring labs and a central air quality laboratory.

The World Bank estimates that reducing exposure to urban air pollution by 20 percent, Bangladesh could save 1,200 lives annually and avoid 80 million cases of diseases.