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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Asian Economic Integration Report 2021: Making Digital Platforms Work for Asia and the Pacific

This report reviews economic cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific. As of the end of 2019, ADB had committed a total of $13.77 billion to 60 projects under the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) partnership, including projects for improving transport connectivity, trade facilitation, and power transmission. In 2019, SASEC members revamped the SASEC Operational Plan 2016–2025 to prioritize narrowing gaps in the subregion’s transport and energy networks. The SASEC program focused on expanding multimodal connectivity to include maritime and inland water transport. Subregional health cooperation was strengthened in 2020 to improve access to health services in Asia and the Pacific.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2021

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Tags: ADB, Regional Cooperation, SASEC, Transport, Trade Facilitation, Energy

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South Asia Development Update April 2024: Jobs for Resilience

GDP in South Asia is estimated to grow at 6.0% in fiscal year (FY) 2024 and 6.1% in FY2025, backed by strong growth in India and the rest of South Asia, outperforming other emerging market and developing economies. In Bangladesh, GDP growth is projected at 5.6% in FY2023-2024 and 5.7% in FY2024-2025; while Bhutan growth is projected at 4.9% FY2023-2024 and 5.7% in FY2024-2025. Robust growth is projected for India at 7.5% in FY2023-2024 and 6.6% in FY2024-2025. Growth will be on an upward trajectory for Maldives at 4.7% in FY2024 and 5.2% in FY2025; for Nepal at 3.3% in FY2023-2024 and 4.6% in FY2024-2025; and for Sri Lanka at 2.2% in FY2024 and FY2.5 in 2025.

Author: World Bank

Year: 2024

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Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific: Steady Growth amid Diverging Prospects

Gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to slow to 4.5% across Asia and the Pacific. In Bangladesh, growth outlook is projected at 5.7% in fiscal year (FY) in 2024 and 6.6% in 2025. In India, GDP is forecast at 6.8% in FY2024 and 6.5% in FY2025. Myanmar is projected to grow by 1.5% in FY2024 and 2.0% in FY2025, while Nepal is projected to grow by 3.1% in FY2024 and 5.2% in FY2025.

Author: International Monetary Fund

Year: 2024

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Tags: South Asia

Asian Development Outlook (ADO) April 2024

Robust growth is forecast for South Asia in fiscal year (FY) 2024, driven by strong gains in investments, consumption, and the electronics and services sectors. Gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at 6.3% in FY2024 and 6.6% in FY2025 in South Asia. In Bangladesh, GDP growth is projected at 6.1% in FY2024 behind the growth of traditional low-end garments. Bhutan's projected GDP is at 4.4% given major developments in the country's hydropower sector. In India, GDP is forecast at 7.0% in FY2024, after a strong momentum in manufacturing and services in FY2023 and with exports expected to pick up in FY2025 with the rise in global growth. Growth in Maldives is estimated at 5.4% in FY2024 supported by tourism and construction. Nepal is estimated to grow at 3.6% backed by hydroelectric production and domestic demand. Amid recovery efforts in Sri Lanka, modest growth at 1.9% is forecast for the country in FY2024. In Southeast Asia, Myanmar’s GDP is projected to remain low at 1.2%.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2024

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Tags: South Asia, ADB, Hydropower, Tourism, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka

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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Tags: ADB, South Asia, Transport, Regional Cooperation

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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Tags: ADB, South Asia, Sustainable Development Goals

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