Minister G.Munkhbayar discusses urban development with ADB

Government members and ADB delegation discussing urban development

Minister of Construction and Urban Development G.Munkhbayar met with an Asian Development Bank (ADB) delegation led by Senior Urban Development Specialist Andrew McIntyre to discuss and exchange views on developing Ulaanbaatar.

The Coordinator of ADB’s Establishing the Future Cities Program, Senior Urban Development Specialist G.Bat-Erdene, and officials from the Construction and Urban Development Ministry attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the ADB reported that its studies conducted over the last few years have shown that the populations of around 60 to 80 percent of Asian countries are moving to their capital cities. Based on these results, the ADB said it will focus on financing programs for urban development.

Minister G.Munkhbayar underlined that ger district housing gets stuck when it comes to infrastructure, underground network facilities, water, sewage, and heating networks. He asked the ADB delegation about their plans for water treatment, if a new facility will be built or if the existing one will be expanded.

The ADB delegation said that based on the experiences of other countries, building a small-scale facility and connecting it to the central water treatment system is the most efficient solution.

In addition to Ulaanbaatar, the ADB’s establishing the Future Cities Program will include Georgia’s Tbilisi, Myanmar’s Mandalay, Indonesia’s Bandung, and Suva in the Philippines.