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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Bordering on Happiness: An Assessment of Socio-Economic Impacts of Bangladesh-India Border Haats

This study on the border "haats" (market) between Bangladesh and India sought to understand and examine their impact on poverty alleviation. It considers different stakeholders, including vendors, vendees, transporters, laborers, officials, opinion leaders, villagers and residents on both sides of the border, from the four operational border haats between the two countries. It also compares the different trade performances of the four haats and discusses opportunities in each. Participation rate is also tackled, where the impact of transportation options or lack thereof on the regularity of attendance is discussed. The study has found that areas with border haats have formalized many informal trade. These have generated income and employment, benefiting local people positively and improving standards of living. They have also enhanced trade opportunities by offering vendors access to new markets, as well as a source of products they can resell in their own countries. Furthermore, border haats have promoted improved cross-border relations and security, and people-to-people connectivity. The study recommends further policy improvements to border haats, such as encouraging more women participation and upgrading common infrastructure that makes people-to-people connectivity more conducive.

Author: CUTS International

Year: 2019

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Financing Transport Connectivity in the BIMSTEC Region

Financing Transport Connectivity in the BIMSTEC Region looks at how to finance an overhaul of transport infrastructure in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) subregion. The report identifies institutional gaps in the BiMSTEC regional institutions compared with regional institutions in the European Commission, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) partnership.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2023

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Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2023

This publication gives statistics on economic, financial, social, and environmental measures, as well as select indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Statistics for Asian Development Bank's member countries include figures for energy, transport and communications, and international trade and logistics.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2023

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Open for Business: How Maldives Overcame the COVID-19 Crisis

The economy of Maldives, being reliant on tourism, went into recession due to border closures and travel restrictions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The pandemic called attention to the need for Maldives to diversify its economy to reduce short-term macroeconomic volatility. In addition, Maldives stands to benefit from setting up regional maritime connectivity for strengthening food trade with other South Asian countries.

Author: Abdulla Ali, Elisabetta Gentile, Macrina Mallari, Thiam Hee Ng

Year: 2023

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Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Integration for a New Era of Collective Action: Proceedings of the 2022 Regional Cooperation and Integration Conference

This publication discusses new directions for expanding regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific, as laid out in the Regional Cooperation and Integration Conference held in 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. One panel discussion tackled how regional platforms such as the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) could support cross-border environmental protection of shared natural resources. In another panel, Mr. Nilaya Mitash, principal operations coordination specialist on regional cooperation for the Asian Development Bank, discussed cross-border logistics and the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) initiative under the SASEC program.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2023

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Transforming Bangladesh's Participation in Trade and Global Value Chains

While the export of textile products contributes significantly to the Bangladesh economy, reliance on these exports also poses risks to the economy. For instance, the garment sector suffered tremendously when the coronavirus pandemic struck, during which factories shut down and many workers, mostly women, lost their jobs. This report looks at how Bangladesh can foster economic growth by diversifying its participation in trade and global value chains.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2023

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Tags: Bangladesh, ADB, Trade, COVID-19, Global Value Chains

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