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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Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2022 Supplement: Global Gloom Dims Asian Prospects

South Asia is projected to grow at 6.5% in fiscal year (FY) 2022 and 6.3% in FY2023. In Bangladesh, weak exports and high inflation are hampering recovery, while in Bhutan, agriculture and construction are projected to support economic growth. In India, growth is projected at 7.0% in FY2022 and 7.2% in FY2023, sustained by public reform and public and private investment. Maldives tourist arrivals and construction continue to pick up. In Nepal, the 2023 budget aims to improve agriculture, industry, and social protection. Economic contraction is expected in Sri Lanka with marked declines in industry and agriculture. In Southeast Asia, Myanmar maintains positive growth projections despite high rates of inflation.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2022

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Trade and Development Report 2022

South Asia is projected to expand at 4.9% in 2022 amid inflation and high energy prices. Balance of payment constraints in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have led these countries to place restrictions on the consumption of electricity. In India, where the economy expanded by 8.2% in 2021, the easing of supply chain disruptions and the rise in domestic demand has led to a deceleration in growth.

Author: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Year: 2022

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Tags: UNCTAD, Trade, South Asia

Significance of Padma Bridge in South Asia's Connectivity

The Padma Bridge will improve connectivity and increase trade in the Bangladesh. The bridge increases connectivity in Bangladesh and is projected to improve the quality of life among nearby communities. The economies of nearby countries also stand to benefit, as the bridge improves connectivity among Bhutan, India, and Nepal, and improves mobility of people, goods, and essential services.

Author: CUTS International

Year: 2022

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Tags: Transport, Trade, BBIN, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal

Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation in South and South-West Asia 2021

The United Nations conducted a survey on digital and sustainable trade facilitation, covering 58 trade facilitation measures. According to the report, compliance to the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement by south and southwest Asian countries may reduce trade costs by 3% to 6%. Implementation of digital trade facilitation measures and cross border paperless trade could reduce costs by 18%.

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

Year: 2022

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Tags: South Asia, WTO, Trade Facilitation Agreement

Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2022

Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2022 provides 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 numbers for energy and electricity, transport and communications, and international trade.

Author: Asian Development Bank

Year: 2022

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Tags: ADB, South Asia, Sustainable Development Goals

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