London Mayor developing recovery plan for capital’s economy

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today that he and his team are developing an Economic Recovery Action Plan designed to support Londoners and businesses through the predicted economic hardship ahead.

The Mayor has already confirmed several steps he is taking to support London, which include:

* Refocusing the London Development Agency’s £400m budget towards promoting jobs, skills and economic growth;
* Investing £600m in training to give Londoners the skills they need to find and stay in work;
* Pushing ahead with over 50 major infrastructure projects, such as upgrades to the tube and Crossrail, to ensure that London remains globally competitive.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release
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ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing additional funds to improve the basic services and infrastructure in small and medium-sized towns of Bangladesh.

The $87 million loan, sourced from ADB’s Special Funds, will be released in phases. The fund disbursements to each town are linked to governance reform and improvement in urban services.

SOURCE: Asian Development Bank – ADB Reinforces Support for Urban Development in Bangladesh.

Brazil Hosts IFLA 46th World Congress

The Brazilian Association of Landscape Architects will host the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) 46th World Congress.

This major world-wide congress on landscape architecture will be held in Rio de Janeiro on October 21-23, 2009.

Register now for Early Bird prices – http://www.46ifla2009.com.br/

SOURCE: Dexigner – Brazil Hosts IFLA 46th World Congress

Inequality rising in Indian cities -The Hindu

“Indian cities are undergoing an inequality trend as a result of economic liberalisation and globalisation, says the State of the World’s Cities Report 2008/9: Harmonious Cities.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Hindu : Front Page : Inequality rising in Indian cities.

Abu Dhabi plans a second city centre – Emirates Business 24/7

Emirates Business 24/7 reports that “Abu Dhabi plans to create a second city centre to accommodate a projected threefold growth in population.

“We are creating the Capital City District, with a population of 350,000 to 380,000 residents,” Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council told Bloomberg. “It will form a second centre for Abu Dhabi, located on the mainland in the area that has been known up to now as Khalifa C.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Abu Dhabi plans a second city centre.

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