Publications List

Comprehensive listing of books, reports, and research on regional cooperation and integration (RCI) in South Asia and relevant global RCI publications, including publications on transport, trade facilitation, energy, and economic corridors in the SASEC region.

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Changing Patterns of Trade and Global Value Chains in Postcrisis Asia

This Asian Development Bank brief examines how patterns of trade and global value chains (GVCs) in developing Asia have changed since the global financial crisis. The paper reports that export slowdown in the region was caused by a combination of weak import demand for Asian goods in advanced economy markets, structural transformation and reduced import demand in the People’s Republic of China, and possible impact of increasing non-tariff measures. According to this paper, it further states that much of the weak import demand is likely to be temporary — developing Asia gained a 1.5% increase in exports in 2016, after a 0.8% decline in 2015. Among South Asian economies, India and Sri Lanka are expected to have better export volume growth in 2016.

Author: Ganeshan Wignaraja, Juzhong Zhuang, Mahinthan J. Mariasingham, and Madeline Dumaua-Cabauatan
Year: 2017
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Tags:  Global Value ChainsImportExportIndiaSri LankaNon-Tariff MeasuresTrade Facilitation

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Trade Facilitation for a More Inclusive and Connected Asia and Pacific Region: Progress and Way Forward

This report gives an overview of assessments from the 2017 global survey on trade facilitation and paperless trade in Asia and the Pacific. It looks at the implementation of trade facilitation and paperless trade measures in 44 countries in Asia and the Pacific. The report also looks at how the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework promotes development by deepening regional cooperation. The framework covers national and subregional projects in Customs harmonization, improving cross-border facilities, and transport facilitation. The framework also supports regulatory reforms and the development of the National Single Window Customs management system in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal.

Author: Asian Development Bank and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2017
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Tags:  ADBBangladeshBhutanBIMSTECMaldivesNepalRegional CooperationRegional IntegrationSAARCSASECStandards HarmonizationTrade FacilitationTrade Facilitation AgreementWTOUNESCAP

 


Aid for Trade in Asia and the Pacific: Thinking Forward About Trade Costs and the Digital Economy

This report examines how Aid For Trade has contributed to various trends in trade costs in Asia and the Pacific and suggests constructive ways to further address trade costs in the region. The report also takes a glimpse at how the $47.67-million South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Trade Facilitation Program works to enhance the processing of cross-border trade by (i) developing modern effective Customs administrations, (ii) promoting transparency through the development of the National Single Window system, and (iii) improving information for traders and investors through the development of trade portals and the establishment of trade facilitation committees in each country.

Author: Asian Development Bank
Year: 2017
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Tags:  ADBAgricultureAid for TradeBangladeshCustomsEnergyGenderIndiaInfrastructureSASECSingle WindowSmall and Medium EnterpriseSouth AsiaSoutheast AsiaTrade FacilitationTransportWCOWTO

 


Myanmar’s Integration with the World

Myanmar only recently began participating in global trade and investment. It has large untapped potentials for trade and investment in agriculture and forest based industries, and services, such as tourism and information technology. This book examines Myanmar’s access to the global market and examines the implication of democratic transition of Myanmar, the progress of Myanmar’s industry and infrastructure, its international linkages, and options for integrating more in regional economic groups. The book also analyzes how Myanmar could exploit global value chains.

Author: Prabir de and Ajitava Raychaudhuri, editors
Year: 2017
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Tags:  AgricultureGlobal Value ChainsInfrastructureInvestmentICTMyanmarRegional IntegrationTrade

 


Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Countries set in motion in 2015 the most ambitious development agenda of our time, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Asian countries have begun translating this agenda into action through national plans and programs. However, in order to fully achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, countries need to examine opportunities for regional cooperation to complement the effectiveness of national mechanisms in the areas of finance, technology, capacity-building, and trade. Regional discussion through regional and subregional organizations can help facilitate cooperation in these key areas.

Author: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2017
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Tags:  Regional CooperationSAARCSustainable Development GoalsTradeUNESCAP

 


Myanmar’s Engagement in Regional Integration: Status and Way Forward (AWP No. 169)

Myanmar connects Asia’s three big markets—Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, and India, owing to its strategic position. Since 2011, Myanmar has laid down economic reforms that are unlocking the country’s potential. This working paper discusses Myanmar’s participation in regional partnerships, such as the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation, which it joined in 2017. It argues that such partnerships are essential in building Myanmar’s infrastructure and speeding up its growth.

Author: Prabir De
Year: 2017
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Tags:  ADBASEANIndiaMyanmarRegional CooperationRegional IntegrationSASECUNESCAP

 
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