South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation: Trade Facilitation Strategic Framework 2014-2018

Publication | October 2014

Since 2001, ADB has invested more than $5.6 billion to improve physical infrastructure, support reform processes and build capacity in transport, trade facilitation, and energy in South Asia.

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The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in a project-based partnership to promote regional prosperity by improving cross-border connectivity, facilitating faster and cheaper trade among member countries, and strengthening regional economic cooperation.

SASEC also creates knowledge platforms that promote a regular exchange of information and experience-sharing in the subregion and ensure that international best practices underpin and strengthen the planning of effective regional development initiatives.

ADB serves as SASEC Secretariat.


  • Introduction
  • The Importance of Trade Facilitation
  • Trade Facilitation Issues
  • Current Trade Facilitation Initiatives
  • The SASEC Trade Facilitation Strategy 2014-2018
  • Implementing the Trade Facilitation Strategy
  • Indicative Measures
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Monitoring Progress and Results
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Industry and trade
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • RPT146898-2
  • 978-92-9254-677-9 (print)
  • 978-92-9254-678-6 (electronic)

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