Chinese Government provides RMB 710 million grant for Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center Construction Project
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]
Trade policies and regulations (Code: 330)
On April 24, 2008, the Chinese Government and the Government of Bangladesh signed an MoU on the construction of the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in Dhaka. The Chinese Government pledged to provide 2.1 billion BDT of the estimated 2.75 billion BDT needed for the project. The Chinese Government initially provided an RMB 60 million grant commitment. However, according to the Government of Bangladesh's Economic Affairs Division (EAD), the Chinese Government ultimately committed RMB 710 million for this project. The Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center is located in Purbachal, a 6,150-acre town in the northeastern suburbs of Dhaka. The center will be linked with eight-lane expressways from Dhaka's principal Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport road. The precise locational coordinates of the center are available at https://www.google.com/maps/place/Bangladesh+China+Friendship+Exibition+Centeremail@example.com,90.5324999,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3755cb986eafe535:0x6cd23860a3378f49!8m2!3d23.8425959!4d90.5346886. The center will have about 800 booths of 9 square meters each in two big hall rooms. There will also be a conference room, press center, meeting room, and business information center, as well as parking space for 1,500 cars. The general contractor for the project is China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) and Shenyang Engineering Supervision & Consultation Corporation (SESCC) are responsible for the supervision of the project and overseeing the construction schedule and quality. On April 17, 2017, the Bangladeshi authorities officially handed over a land permit to allow construction of the center to proceed. Then, on July 10, 2018, the Government of Bangladesh’s Economic Commission Executive Committee (ECNEC) officially approved a modification to the project. The total cost of the project reportedly increased from 2.75 billion BDT to 7.96 billion BDT, and then again to 10.03 billion BDT. The expected completion date of the project was November 30, 2019. However, the project has been plagued by delays and controversy and it was still not complete as of mid-2020. The current planned end date is December 2020. Bangladeshi environmentalists and human rights advocates filed a set of complaints related to the project, alleging that the city Capital City Development Authority (RAJUK) violated a host of environmental regulations and laws by adding the exhibit hall as part of a set of changes to the township’s overall design. The High Court and the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, in separate orders, declared the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center illegal. In March 2014, the Supreme Court issued a decision instructing RAJUK “not to efface, subtract, vary, modify or otherwise change the core forest, forest, lakes or canals, urban green, parks, playgrounds, play lots, green belt and other environmental-oriented spaces of the project without any permission of the court.” However, RAJUK and CSCEC continued the construction of the Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center in potential violation of the law.
The Chinese project title is 加拉国孟中友谊展览中心项目.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Bangladesh [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd. (BIAD) [State-owned Company]; China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) [State-owned Company]; Government of Bangladesh [Government Agency]; Shenyang Engineering Supervision Consulting Company [Private Sector]