$125.2 Million Loan for Improving Roads in Northeastern Region

A $125.2 million loan will continue upgrading roads in the northeastern region of India, which has borders with other countries, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal. Read More

South Asia: Regional Operations Business Plan (2014-2016)

Proposed South Asia operations for 2014-2016 will continue to focus on improving regional connectivity, boosting cross-border trade, and strengthening regional energy cooperation. Read More

South Asian Neighbors Begin Trading Electricity

First-ever cross-border high-voltage transmission line in South Asia brings Indian electricity to power-hungry Bangladesh. Read More

Free Trade: Untangling Asia’s Noodle Bowl

Trade liberalization initiatives have blossomed across Asia and the Pacific, creating a convoluted 'noodle bowl' of overlapping free trade agreements. Read More

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal in a project-based partnership that improves the quality of life for people in one of the world’s poorest, most densely populated areas. Yet there is tremendous potential for these countries to increase trade among themselves and within South Asia. SASEC seeks to strengthen cross-border connectivity by creating multi-modal transport networks that boost intraregional trade, and open up trade opportunities with East and Southeast Asia. It helps build modern and effective customs administrations that speed up the time and reduce the costs of moving goods and vehicles across borders. SASEC also helps member countries improve energy security by developing infrastructure and promoting intraregional power trade to reduce costs and import dependence.

Since 2001, ADB has provided more than $5.4 billion in financial and technical support to 30 projects in the transport, trade facilitation, and energy sectors. ADB serves as the SASEC Secretariat.