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Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia

Publication | April 2015
Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia

This book analyzes how closer regional connectivity and economic integration can benefit both regions, focusing particularly on the role of infrastructure and public policies in facilitating this process.

This book analyzes how closer regional connectivity and economic integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia can benefit both subregions, with a focus on the role played by infrastructure and public policies in facilitating this process. It examines major developments in South Asia–Southeast Asia trade and investment, economic cooperation, the role of economic corridors, and regional cooperation initiatives. In particular, it identifies significant opportunities for strengthening these integration efforts as a result of the recent opening up of Myanmar in political, economic, and financial terms.

This is particularly the case for land-based transportation—highways and railroads—and energy trading. The book's focus is on connectivity in a broad sense, covering both hardware and software, including investment in infrastructure, energy trading, trade facilitation, investment financing, and supporting national and regional policies.

Contents 

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Current State of Cross-Regional Economic Ties
  • Cross-Border Transport Infrastructure
  • Energy Infrastructure and Trading
  • Infrastructure Finance and Financial Sector Development
  • Trade Facilitation
  • National and Regional Policy Reforms
  • Risks to Connectivity and Institutional Arrangement
  • Assessing Impacts of Regional Integration
  • List of Background Papers for the Connecting South Asia and Southeast Asia Study