2017 Development Effectiveness Review
This report serves as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) tool for monitoring and strengthening its progress. In South Asia, ADB’s $1.3 billion commitment to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) were spread across South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program’s priority areas: transport, energy, trade facilitation, and economic corridor development. Project preparation work will expand the $5 billion pipeline for RCI in the subregion with 26 projects planned for approval. SASEC finance ministers endorsed a joint vision of regional cooperation and connectivity. Myanmar’s addition to SASEC improved cooperation prospects between South and Southeast Asian subregions.
Author: Asian Development Bank
Tags: ADB, Myanmar, SASEC, Transport, Economic Corridor Development
East Asia Pacific Economic Update, April 2018: Enhancing Potential
East Asia and Pacific (EAP) grew slightly faster than anticipated in 2017, with growth in Myanmar rebounding slightly at 6.4% due to strong exports. Amid risks to macroeconomic stability, EAP countries must enhance trade facilitation and integration, improve education systems, and upgrade capabilities of workers and managers.
Author: World Bank
Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050
The report details the needed energy technologies and analyzes the costs and benefits of energy transition in Asia and the rest of the world. All regions are projected to experience high growth in gross domestic product from the energy transformation. Mexico, Brazil, and India are expected to post the highest welfare gains, where pollution’s impact on health is projected to fall sharply. To accelerate the energy transition, governments could establish more bilateral and multilateral demonstration projects and encourage development of internationally harmonized technical standards to facilitate cross-border trade and exchange of technologies.
Author: International Renewable Energy Agency
Tags: Climate Change, Renewable Energy, India, South Asia
Trade Costs, Time, and Supply Chain Reliability
Trade Costs, Time, and Supply Chain Reliability analyzes the effect of time on trade costs using shipment-level data from the Universal Postal Union. Distance and logistics performance are factors that affect transport times and uncertainty, which increase trade costs substantially. The paper suggests that by investing in improving connectivity, South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation countries could reduce transport times and increase reliability to major markets.
Author: Utsav Kumar, Ben Shepherd, and Roselle Dime