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
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
Energy Trade in South Asia
Countries are shifting to using green energy sources to meet their energy needs and cut emissions. While South Asia may have ample renewable energy and hydropower resources, demand exceeds local supply, and the countries have had to rely heavily on imports. To help improve energy security in the region, South Asian countries have signed bilateral and multilateral agreements to trade energy, including India-Nepal hydropower projects and the India-Bhutan hydroelectric joint venture.
Author: CUTS International
Tags: Energy, Trade, South Asia, Hydropower, Bhutan, India, Nepal
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
Tags: UNCTAD, Trade, South Asia