Bangladesh: Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project (AIIB-0003)

  • Bangladesh
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jun 24, 2016
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Government of Bangladesh
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 165.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 262.29 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jun 29, 2020

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Project Description

AIIB approved a loan of $165 million for the Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project in Bangladesh.

The project consists of two components:

(1) provision of about 2.5 million service connections to rural consumers;

(2) upgrading two grid substations and conversion of 85 km overhead distribution lines into underground cables in north Dhaka.

The Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board and Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited are the project implementation agencies.

The Project implementation period is from July 2016 to June 2019, and upon completion, is expected to benefit an estimated 12.5 million people, in both urban and rural areas. The Loan Closing Date will be December 31, 2019.

Investment Description
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

AIIB loan: $165 million, with a 25-year term, including a grace period of 5 years, at the Bank’s standard interest rate for sovereign-backed loans with this weighted average maturity.

Contact Information

No contact information provided at the time of disclosure. 


The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM).  The PPM provides “an opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIB’s failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.” Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint.  Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply.  You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at:

The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at: