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  • Commodity metal and polymer component manufacture,
  • Metal processes/treatments,
  • Electrical/electronic/ mechanical sub systems manufacture,
  • Vehicle manufacture

Why the sector is strong in the West Midlands

  • High concentrations of activity in region centred on volume manufacture of motor vehicles.
  • Opportunities for focusing on higher value added, based on new technologies and in luxury cars, motor sports and materials to improve products and product design.
  • Technologies transfer opportunities between different transport odes and also in use of new materials to lessen environment impact.


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Port & Logistic - A Report from UKTI - March 2008

Chittagong Port is the principal seaport of Bangladesh. About 92% of all imports and exports are handled through this port. At present the growth of import and export through this port is 12% to 14% on average, which is all most double of the GDP. Before the Caretaker Government came into power on 11 January 2007, during November and December 2006 and the first quarter of January 2007, the productivity and efficiency of the port hampered seriously because of unstable political situation and negative trade unionism. In order to solve this situation, the Caretaker Government identified different problem areas of the port and took a number of bold and dynamic steps for reforms. As a result, the productivity, efficiency and quality of service of the port have been increased drastically within a very short time and this trend is continuing. 

Source: UK Trade & Investment



$430 Million, Five-Year Program to Improve Bangladesh Railway System - November 2006

ADB will help improve the efficiency and capacity of Bangladesh's rail transport through a US$430 million investment program provided over five years through a multi-tranche financing facility.

The Railway Sector Investment Program has been developed jointly by ADB, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and the World Bank together with the Bangladesh Government as a comprehensive package of support for reforms and investments in Bangladesh Railway.

Source: Asian Development Bank



Learning from successful road projects - September 2006

There were 94 road projects approved, completed, and rated by the end of 1997. Of these, 89% were rated as successful or highly successful by project performance evaluation reports (PPERs) and project completion reports (PCRs). Only 10 road projects were rated as partly successful or unsuccessful. For these completed projects, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) road lending focused mainly on financing traditional investment projects. Sectorwide issues, policy reform, and institutional issues featured less prominently in project design than is currently the case. Most of these projects were approved before ADB adopted its environmental and social safeguard policies.

Source: Asian Development Bank


Preparing the development of transports corridors for trade facilitation project - July 2006

The goverment of bangladesh has requested the asian development bank for technical assisrance for the preparation of the proposed development of transport corridor for trade facilitation project for possible ADB financing. From 12-16 February 2006 the fact-finding mission to Bangladesh and met with responsible officials of the agencies concerned, including the economic relartions division of the ministry of finance, the ministry of shipping, the national board of revenuse, the roads and highways department, Bangladesh railways, Bangladesh land port authority, Bangladesh inland water transport authority, and chittagong port authority.

Source: Asian Decelopment Bank


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