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.



Has South Asia Benefitted from Growth in India?

India has experienced accelerated growth rates since the 1990s and has become one of the fastest growing emerging economies of the world. With the rise of the South, especially the BRICS countries, many have argued that South–South integration can sustain the growth of the South in the future. In this context, this chapter examines whether India, given its geographical location, can be the driver of growth for South Asia and become its growth pole.


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