Regional Integration in South Asia

Trends, Challenges and Prospects

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Regional Integration in South Asia: Trends, Challenges and Prospects presents an objective assessment of trade and economic co-operation among South Asian nations and highlights policy issues to foster regional integration. The analyses presented in this volume go beyond the usual discussions on trade-in-goods to provide insightful perspectives on potential new areas of co-operation, emerging challenges, and country-specific views on regional and bilateral trade co-operation issues.

Written by influential analysts and researchers, the volume’s 24 chapters include perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and examinations of new areas of co-operation such as investment, regional supply chains, energy and cross-border transport networks.



Connectivity and Regional Co-operation in South Asia

One of the major challenges facing South Asia in deepening regional integration and increasing competitiveness is poor quality and inefficient national and international infrastructure services, both hardware and software, which raise costs of transportation and production and constrain the capacity of the South Asian economies to gain from a liberal trading environment, regional or otherwise. The South Asian region, with its geographical contiguity, has great potential for co-operation in the area of connectivity.


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