Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam has urged high commissioners and ambassadors of different countries to forge ‘sister city’ relationships between Dhaka and cities of their countries which will help promote peace, bolster business relations and foster cultural exchange.
“From waste management to traffic management, we can share experiences for the development of Dhaka through mutual cooperation,” Mayor Atiqul Islam told a programme styled ‘State of the City’ which was attended by foreign diplomats on Monday.
The mayor said the city authorities have been continuing efforts to bring back the water flow in the capital’s canals while development of 24 parks and fields are underway.
Regarding the innovative services of DNCC, the mayor told the diplomats that ‘Sobar Dhaka’, a mobile app, help city dwellers to get required service on demand.
“We’ve introduced electronic version of trade license while tax collection system has been automated. Nobody needs to come to office to pay holding tax. All types of tax can be paid using Sobar Dhaka app which is at our fingertips,” he said.
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Tazul Islam, who was present as the chief guest, appreciated the role of DNCC saying that the city has braved the challenges of dengue as the number of patients is lower comparing with developed countries.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain and Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury were special guests on the occasion.
On the other hand, the diplomats who participated in the event are Vatican Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Msgr. Marinko Antolovic, British High Commission Robert Chatterton Dickson, Danish Ambassador Winnie Estrup Petersen, Singaporean Consul Shila Pellai, Malaysian High Commissioner Haznah binti Md. Hashim, Turkey Ambassador Mustafa Osman Turan, Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner Ruwanthi Delpitiya and First Secretary Srimali Jayarathna, Norwegian Ambassador Espen Rikter-Svendsen, Bhutan Ambassador Rinchen Kuentsyl, Korean Ambassador Lee Jang-keun, US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Helen Lafave, Management Counselor Gary Anderson, European Union Deputy Chief of Mission Jeremy Opritesco, Maldives High Commissioner Shiruzimath Sameer and Chinese Deputy Chief of Mission Hualong Yan.
Besides, DNCC Chief Executive Officer Selim Reza and Chief Waste Management Officer Commodore SM Sharif-ul Islam were present while Creative Crowd Managing Director Nausher Rahman conducted the session.
It may be mentioned that a sister city or twin city is a long-term partnership between two towns, cities, provinces or in some cases, countries all across the globe.