In 2000, the government of Bangladesh conducted a prefeasibility study for the construction of a bridge across the Padma River that separates the southwest zone from other parts of the country, including the north-central zone where the national capital of Dhaka is located.
At program preparation, Afghanistan had one of the lowest electrification levels and per capita electricity consumption in the world. In 2008, only about 9% of the population had access to intermittent public electricity, and per capita electricity consumption was as low as 21 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. Cities such as Kabul received electricity only 2–3 hours a day.
Nepal’s challenging terrain makes air transport an important part of the country’s overall transport system. Air transport provides access to many remote mountainous areas and is vital to achieving the government’s tourism targets and resulting economic benefits.
Bangladesh has undergone rapid socioeconomic progress in recent decades, attaining lower middle-income status in 2015. Between 2001 and 2019, poverty declined from 48.9% to 20.5%, and extreme poverty from 34.3% to 10.5%. However, the country has faced several challenges in its continuing climb to upper middle-income status. These challenges include (i) boosting investment to accelerate econo
Roads are the most important element of Azerbaijan’s in-land transport network and the country’s vehicle fleet was expected, as of 2007, to rapidly increase over the medium term. To expand the road network, as well as to rehabilitate/reconstruct sections that were in unsatisfactory condition because of inadequate maintenance funding and poor management of axle load control, the Asian Developme