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South Asia Economic Reports

The South Asia Economic Report (SAER) is a series of biannual reports on economic and development issues in the South Asia region. The SAER discusses recent economic performance and prospects for the South Asia region. The areas of special focus in this issue are banking, governance, and investment climate. Brief country write-ups are also provided.


  • Financial Sector in South Asia: Recent Developments and ChallengesReports |

    Financial Sector in South Asia: Recent Developments and Challenges

    This issue of the South Asia Economic Report (SAER) is the fourth in a series of reports on economic and development issues in South Asia. It aims to provide information to policy makers, academics, and Asian Development Bank management and staff. It highlights issues that help promote debate and foster appropriate policies and greater cooperation and integration in the region. The themes of the first, second, and third issues of the SAER were, respectively, 'Banking, Governance, and the Investment Climate', 'Social Sectors in Transition: Accelerating Inclusive Growth and Human Development', and 'Foreign Direct Investment in South Asia'. This issue's theme is 'Financial Sector in South Asia: Recent Developments and Challenges'.

    The key messages of this fourth SAER are:

  • Foreign Direct Investment in South AsiaReports |

    Foreign Direct Investment in South Asia

    This issue of the South Asia Economic Report (SAER) is the third in a series of reports on economic and development issues in South Asia. It is a cooperative effort of the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The SAER aims to provide information to policy makers, academics, and ADB management and staff. It highlights issues that help promote debate and foster appropriate policies and greater cooperation and integration in the region. The themes of the first and second issues of the SAER were, respectively, 'Banking, Governance, and the Investment Climate,' and 'Social Sectors in Transition: Accelerating Inclusive Growth and Human Development.' This issue's theme is 'Foreign Direct Investment in South Asia.'

  • Social Sectors in TransitionReports |

    Social Sectors in Transition

    This issue of the South Asia Economic Report (SAER) is the second in a series of biannual reports on economic and development issues in South Asia. The SAER aims to provide information to policy makers, academics, and ADB management and staff and highlights issues that help promote debate and foster appropriate policies and greater cooperation and integration in the region. The second SAER's theme is 'Social Sectors in Transition: Accelerating Inclusive Growth and Human Development,' covering education and health.

    The key messages of the SAER are as follows:

  • South Asia Economic ReportReports |

    South Asia Economic Report

    This issue of the South Asia Economic Report (SAER) is the first in a series of biannual reports on economic and development issues in the South Asia region. The SAER discusses recent economic performance and prospects for the South Asia region. The areas of special focus in this issue are banking, governance, and investment climate. Brief country write-ups are also provided.

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