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.



The Promise and Potential of Trade Between Pakistan and India

There have been significant developments in Pakistan–India trade relations since the beginning of 2011, as both countries have moved determinedly to remove some of the key barriers impeding bilateral trade. In April 2011, the two countries announced a roadmap to boost trade relations; April 2012 saw the formal opening of the trade gate at the Wagah–Attari border and New Delhi making the surprise announcement that it would allow direct Pakistani investment in India. While India promised to resolve the issue of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) that constrain Pakistani exports to its neighbour, Islamabad pledged to grant most favoured nation (MFN) status to India. More important in the near-term is Pakistan’s decision to relax the constraints on Indian imports by switching to a ‘negative list’ approach to import controls.


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