• SASEC Regional Transmission Master Plan

    The Asian Development Bank has approved technical assistance of $500,000 for SASEC member countries to develop a comprehensive long-term regional transmission master plan for the region to more effectively coordinate power generation and transmission. The project aims to improve the planning and coordination capacity of SASEC countries to foster cross-border power trading.
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  • South Asia needs $2.5 trillion investment to close infrastructure gap

    According to a new report, “Reducing Poverty by Closing South Asia’s Infrastructure”, closing the gap of South Asia’s development goals and its capability to attain these goals will require investment of $2.5 trillion over the next decade. One third is projected to be spent on transport infrastructure, one third on energy, and the remaining one third on water supply and sanitation, solid waste management, telecommunications, and irrigation.
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  • The Political Economy of Asian Regionalism

    This book reviews the political economy of Asia's economic cooperation and integration and focuses on the innovations needed for current institutional reform in the region. It analyzes Asian regionalism after the global financial crisis including free trade agreements. The book also discusses the possible formation of a region-wide economic community.
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  • BIMSTEC Visits Trilateral Highway Project

    BIMSTEC senior officials visited the Myawaddy-Kawkareik Road Project in Myanmar on 20 March 2014, at the southeastern end of the Trilateral Highway connecting India, Myanmar and Thailand. The $38 million Government of Thailand-financed project is upgrading and constructing 45.5 kilometers of national highway, and rehabilitating the Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge.
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  Featured News

$125 million to upgrade roads in India's Northeastern region

SAARC Development Fund Brainstorming Workshop

Jaidevpur-Chandra-Tangail-Elenga highway upgrade

$1.5 million Japan fund for Poverty Reduction Technical Assistance



Is Involuntary Resettlement a Development Opportunity?

Towards a National Integrated TTFMM: BPA+

Macroeconomic Update: Nepal

Asian Market Development and Integration


  Upcoming Events

15 Apr

National Training on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism

28 Apr

National Training on Trade and Transport Facilitation Monitoring Mechanism

29 Apr

Second Meeting of the SASEC Electricity Transmission Utility Forum (SETUF)

03 May

SASEC Nodal Officials Meeting - ADB Annual Meeting


  Recent Events

24 Mar

SAARC Study on Roadmap for Achieving South Asia Economic Union

19 Mar

BTILS Phase 1: Update and Enhancement

10 Mar

TTFMM National Training Workshop in Bhutan

07 Mar

India Secure Cross-Border Transport Model Workshop


Integration Indicators
Intra-regional Trade Intensity Index
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
SASEC 1.55 1.13 1.02 0.88 0.95
Asia 1.84 1.79 1.68 1.65 1.60
Intra-regional Trade Share (%)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
SASEC 2.38 2.08 2.09 2.03 2.21
Asia 53.40 54.99 55.92 55.07 54.85