Publications List

Comprehensive listing of books, reports, and research on regional cooperation and integration (RCI) in South Asia and relevant global RCI publications, including publications on transport, trade facilitation, energy, and economic corridors in the SASEC region.

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Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement: Unlocking the Potential for Vibrant Regional Road Freight Connectivity

The Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement (BBIN MVA) is expected to reduce trade transaction costs and be an effective tool to realize trade and investment potential in the subregion by generating new economic opportunities, particularly in the border areas. While it has put in place a good framework for facilitating transit and transport within BBIN, gaps remain in terms of interpretation and application of various procedures, and need for further policy harmonization among the contracting parties. This discussion paper analyzes operation issues and proposes solutions for cross-border movement of vehicles and Customs procedures.

Author: Pritam Banerjee

Year: 2015

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Tags: BBIN, Trade Facilitation, Transport

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Summary of Proceedings of the 53rd ADB Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors

The Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was held virtually in two stages in May and September 2020. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance, India, called for the establishing of a regular South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) meeting of finance ministers by 2021 to further strengthen regional cooperation. Mr. Ibrahim Ameer, Finance Minister, Maldives, noted how ADB has assisted Maldives through the SASEC National Single Window Project.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2020

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Tags: SASEC, ADB

Developing Multimodal Logistics Parks in India

Multimodal logistics parks (MMLPs) help bring down the cost of logistics and improve logistics performance by providing services in freight aggregation and distribution, multimodal freight transport, integrated storage and warehousing, technology support, and value-added services. This brief from the Asian Development Bank examines the potential of MMLPs to support supply chains in India and discusses the feasibility of MMLPs in Bengaluru and Guwahati.

Author: Sabyasachi Mitra, Hoe Yun Jeong, Kavita Iyengar, Bhuwan Bhaskar Agrawal, Shreyans Jain, and Atu Sanganeria

Year: 2020

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Tags: ADB, Bangladesh, India, Logistics

World Trade Statistical Review 2020 

World Trade Statistical Review 2020 presents the latest developments in world trade, with analysis of recent trends for trade in goods and services. The report examines the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on international trade, and provides data on trade in least developed countries as well as in countries under the South Asian Free Trade Area.

Author: World Trade Organization

Year: 2020

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Tags: SAFTA, South Asia, Trade Facilitation

Strengthening Freight Transport Corridors of South Asia in the aftermath of COVID-19

The supply of food and medicine in South Asia relies on freight transport, affecting the lives and livelihood of millions of people in the region. Therefore the recovery of international freight transport will play a large role post-Coronavirus-19 economic recovery in the region. This report looks at policies that could help freight transport in South Asia bounce back from the health crisis and ensure that the sector becomes more resilient and sustainable.

Author: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Year: 2020

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2019 Development Effectiveness Review

This report looks at the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) performance in achieving the goals set out in ADB's Strategy 2030. In 2019, ADB brought more focus to poverty reduction and inclusiveness. Many projects that were committed last year will also enable disability inclusion. For example, an administration and operations center to be built under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Port Access Elevated Highway Project will include features that will provide better services for persons with disabilities using Sri Lanka's port in Colombo.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2020

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