South Asia Working Papers
The ADB South Asia Working Paper Series is a forum for ongoing and recently completed research and policy studies undertaken in ADB or on its behalf. The series is meant to enhance greater understanding of current important economic and development issues in South Asia, promote policy dialogue among stakeholders, and facilitate reforms and development management.
Leveraging Global Production Networks
This study looks at how India’s new economic corridors can benefit from strategic participation in global value chains and integration with global production networks.
Development of East Coast Economic Corridor and Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor
Successful implementation of India’s first coastal corridor requires infrastructure development and regulatory reforms that facilitate increased connectivity.
Connecting Bangladesh: Economic Corridor Network
Economic corridors are anchored on transport corridors, and international experience suggests that the higher the level of connectivity within and across countries, the higher the level of economic growth.
Capital Market Development in Bangladesh: A Sector Reform Perspective
Bangladesh has made significant strides toward strengthening capital markets through a strong partnership with ADB.
Improving Energy Efficiency in South Asia
Opportunities for energy efficiency in South Asian power systems exist mostly in the areas of operation of thermal power plants, electricity transmission and delivery systems and in demand management and conservation at the user-end.
Disaster Risk Financing in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is disaster-prone, with floods and cyclones being the most frequent and severe danger. Applying appropriate disaster risk financing is key to minimizing economic impacts from disasters and sustain the country’s development.
Improving Regulatory Environment for a Regional Power Market in South Asia
For cross-border electricity trade in South Asia to be smooth across the region, policy and regulatory environments governing the power sector need to be harmonized.
An Assessment of Financial Sector Development in Bhutan
Economic growth in Bhutan has fueled a large demand for household credit over recent years, and while great strides have been made in deepening the financial sector and strengthening regulatory environment, much remains to be done.
Upgrading in the Indian Garment Industry: A Study of Three Clusters
Findings suggest that the export destination determines the governance structure within a global value chain. Export promotion strategies tend to overlook this aspect.
Making Renewable Energy a Success in Bangladesh: Getting the Business Model Right
This paper analyzes the success of the solar home system program in Bangladesh, which today provides clean, reliable electricity to more than 16 million people in rural off-grid areas.