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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Making the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Work for SMEs

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) comprise 95% of enterprises worldwide and provides at least two thirds of private sector employment. However, when it comes to international trade, SMEs experience limited capacity in dealing with the complex administrative and regulatory procedures associated with moving and selling goods across borders. This book fills a gap by providing a reference for articles of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that are particularly beneficial to SMEs, and identifies examples of SME-specific programs, measures and interventions that can support the implementation of such provisions. It proposes mainstreaming relevant elements of the WTO TFA in existing SME policies and initiatives, to ensure that it contributes toward internationalization of SMEs.

Author: UNESCAP, UNNExT, and ITC

Year: 2016

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Tags: Small and Medium Enterprise, Trade Facilitation, Trade, UNESCAP, Small and Medium Enterprises, India, Nepal

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Infrastructure Financing for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

This book proposes adopting a more holistic approach to help accelerate infrastructure development in Asia and the Pacific. It discuses project financing for Nepal’s cross-border dry ports, streamlining Nepal’s trade and transit procedures through Automated Systems for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) and Advanced Cargo Information System (ACIS), and project financing by the Asian Development Bank of the Kakarbhitta dry port and a cross-country corridor project between Bangladesh and India. Financing and technical assistance from multilateral development banks and neighboring countries not only bridge funding gaps, these also help countries learn from funders’ experience constructing and operating infrastructure assets.

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

Year: 2019

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Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook: Caught in Prolonged Uncertainty

This Regional Economic Outlook includes a study that investigates how to further strengthen economic growth in South Asia, which contributes more than 15% to global growth. South Asia expects 150 million new labor market entrants by 2030. The region needs a job-rich growth strategy to harness the demographic dividend and increase potential growth. It also needs to strengthen agricultural productivity, advance sustainable expansion of manufacturing, and promote higher-skilled services.

Author: International Monetary Fund

Year: 2019

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Reviving Riverine Livelihoods through Short Haul Trade and Tourism

This policy brief lays out challenges and presents recommendations for promoting tourism and cross-border trade through inland waterways in the Meghna Basin. Promoting trade would require infrastructure development and regulations. There will also be a need for dredging at shallow areas to allow for navigability and maintain market linkages between Bangladesh and India.

Author: CUTS International

Year: 2019

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Bridging the East: Trade and Transport Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal Region

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement aims to reap the trade and economic potentials of the countries of South Asia. This study identifies hurdles to the successful implementation of the agreement through evidence-based advocacy and dialogue. The study highlights issues related to infrastructure, political economy, gender, and livelihood.

Author: CUTS International

Year: 2019

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Asian Economic Integration Report 2019/2020: Demographic Change, Productivity, and the Role of Technology

This report reviews economic cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific. It reports that in 2018, the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) focused on reducing gaps in multimodal connectivity among its member countries. By the end of 2018, 52 ADB-financed projects worth $11.36 billion had been committed to SASEC projects, with an additional $106.44 million in 81 technical assistance grants. SASEC nodal officials and working groups met in Singapore in March 2018 to update the SASEC operational plan. The operational plan identified 77 projects ($45.6 billion) to be financed by SASEC members, ADB, and development partners. A holistic approach under the operational plan will build transport links with Southeast Asia and East Asia and expand regional trade markets.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2019

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