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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Paperless Trade in Regional Trade Agreements

This working paper provides a comprehensive list of paperless trade measures in regional trade agreements, which have become more extensive, covering increasingly specific areas including certificate of origins and sanitary and phytosanitary certificates. It also confirms that the number of paperless trade measures have doubled between 2005-2008 and 2013-2016 at the global level, with regional trade containing more provisions than those featured in the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement. It introduces the new United Nations Treaty and Framework Agreement on Cross-Border Paperless Trade in Asia and the Pacific, which aims to become a tool for harmonized implementation of paperless trade provisions.

Author: Yann Duval and Kong Mengjing

Year: 2016

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Tags: Paperless Trade, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Trade Facilitation, India

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World Investment Report 2023

This report monitors global and regional foreign direct investment trends and national and international investment policy developments. Across South Asia in 2022, FDI inflows rose by 4.4% to $58 billion while FDI outflows rose by 1.1% to $16 billion. South Asia posted the largest increase in greenfield projects, with announced greenfield projects in India more than doubling in 2022.

Author: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Year: 2023

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Tags: UNCTAD, Trade, South Asia

Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Seamless and Sustainable Connectivity

Least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, and small island developing states in Asia and the Pacific have been working to promote seamless transport to facilitate trade. Bangladesh, for example, has completed construction of the new Akhaura (Bangladesh) to Agartala (India) railway link, and has begun operations of Oxygen Express train carrying liquid medical oxygen as well as regular freight services between Haldibari in India and Chilahati in Bangladesh. Across South Asia, countries have also been rolling out an Electronic Cargo Tracking System under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific to make cargo movement more seamless.

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

Year: 2023

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Tags: Trade, South Asia, UNESCAP, Regional Cooperation, Sustainable Development Goals, Railway, Bangladesh, India

Connecting to Compete 2023: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

Connecting to Compete presents the findings from the latest data from the 2023 Logistics Performance Index (LPI) and its six component indicators: Customs, infrastructure, international shipments, logistics competence, tracking and tracing, and timeliness. The seventh edition, which now covers 139 countries, is released following unprecedented disruptions in supply chains amid the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Author: World Bank

Year: 2023

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Tags: WB, Trade, Logistics, South Asia

Expanding Opportunities: Toward Inclusive Growth

Real gross domestic product (GDP) in South Asia is estimated at 5.6% in fiscal year (FY) 2023 and 5.9% in FY2024, backed by the recovery in services and lower commodity prices. Real GDP growth in Bangladesh will decelerate to 5.2% in FY2023 due to global economic uncertainty, before recovering to 6.2% in FY2024. In Bhutan, real GDP is projected at 4.5% in FY2022-2023 as the further reopening of borders support growth in industry and services. Real GDP in India will moderate to 6.3% in FY2023-2024 following slower growth in consumption. Maldives is seeing a return to pre-pandemic levels with growth projections in FY2023 at 6.6%. Growth in Nepal will slow to 4.1% in FY2023 following import restrictions, before rising to 4.9% in FY2024. In Sri Lanka, amid fiscal and external imbalances, real GDP growth is estimated is estimated at -4.3% in FY2023 and 1.2% FY2024. In Southeast Asia, the Myanmar Economic Monitor projects Myanmar's economic recovery accelerating to 3% in the year to September 2023 following growth in industry and services.

Author: World Bank

Year: 2023

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Tags: WB, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Services, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal

Dossier of Catalytic Multi-modal Connectivity Initiatives in the BBIN Sub-region

This publication gives brief stories that demonstrate the impact of infrastructure connectivity in the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) subregion. It presents reflections on hydropower trade, trade cooperation through the use of land and sea ports, the BBIN motor vehicles agreement, and Nepal's trade logistics policy.

Author: CUTS International

Year: 2023

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Tags: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

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