37920-014: BAN: GRAMEENPH0NE TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXPANSION

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Overview


Description

The Project will help (i) continue expansion of the telecommunication sector, which still has large unmet demand and unserviced geographical regions; (ii) expand the role of small to medium-sized enterprise service providers, who are subcontractors of GrameenPhone; (iii) facilitate expansion of village pay telephones to unserviced rural areas. Agriculture, merchandising, manufacturing, and financial services as well as delivery of health care, education, and security will benefit from the Project's contribution to the extension of telecommunication services; and (iv) support GrameenPhone's unique contributions for good governance in the Bangladesh telecommunications sector. The overall objective of ADB's operational strategy for Bangladesh is to reduce poverty by promoting faster economic growth, creating better development opportunities for the poor, improving human development, and protecting the environment. To promote faster private sector-led growth, ADB will help the Government speed up policy reform and create a playing field conducive to private sector development. ADB will emphasize helping relieve infrastructure and financial bottlenecks for the private sector. The proposed Project is a component of the Government's efforts to promote foreign investment, and in line with the country operational strategy and the recently signed partnership agreement on poverty reduction between ADB and the Government. The Project complies with ADB's strategy for private sector operations in Bangladesh. Read More

Country Bangladesh
Borrower/Equity Investment Name
Project Number 37920-014
Project Type or Modality of Assistance PS
Financing Private sector (Nonsovereign)
Status Approved
Approval Number 7194/2078
Approval Date 26 Jan 2004
Geographical Location Bangladesh
Sector Transport and ICT
Subsector ICT
Safeguard Categories Environment: B

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Project Data Sheets (PDS)

Responsible ADB Officer
Stephen Wermert
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Responsible ADB Department
Private Sector Operations Department

Responsible ADB Divisions
Infrastructure Finance Division 1

PDS Creation Date
30 Aug 2006

Last PDS Update
03 Oct 2008

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