Issues of urban governance

In Bangladesh, till date economic growth is closely correlated with urbanization – urban dwellers constitute about 28 percent of the total population of the country, but their contribution to GDP is more than 45 percent (Bangladesh 7th Five year Plan). Thus economic growth is closely correlated with urbanization. The sustained high rate of urban population growth implies that by 2015 about 30% of the country’s population will live in urban areas. This poses considerable demand on Bangladesh’s cities and towns to provide sufficient housing, infrastructure and urban services to its residents and to firms to successfully maximize the agglomeration.