Recognizing the importance of regional cooperation and integration in the region's growth and development, ADBI has identified it as a key research theme. Under this theme, several studies have been undertaken to support ADB's mandate of promoting regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.
Significant progress has been achieved in regional cooperation and integration since it was formally adopted by ADB as part of its mandates in 1994. However, much work still needs to be done to link member countries to regional priorities. The Seminar on Regional Cooperation and Integration aims to take stock of the progress of regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific and chart its outlook by identifying challenges and emerging issues.