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Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI)

Across Asia and the Pacific, ADB is working to promote cross-border infrastructure, trade integration, financial links, and regional public goods.

  • Regional trade
     

    Closer regional trade and financial integration in Asia and the Pacific has huge benefits that drive economic growth and development.

  • Working together
     

    As poorer countries become more integrated with the economies of their richer neighbours, they can move up the value chain and boost growth.

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    Asia and the Pacific is stronger and more resilient when it works collectively to address challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and financial shocks.

  • Intraregional trade
    by subregions

    Intraregional trade linkages further strengthened across all subregions in Asia and the Pacific in 2020.

  • Dimensional contribution to the Asia-Pacific Regional Cooperation and Integration Index

    Trade and investment, better infrastructure and digitalization are boosting connectivity.

  • COVID-19 pandemic responses,
    November 2021 (as % of GDP)

    Health and income support had the biggest share of pandemic responses across Asia and the Pacific.

ADB’s commitment to regional cooperation and integration (RCI) has been a significant part of Asia’s rise as a manufacturing giant over the past forty years, made possible by sophisticated supply chain and production networks. This growth has created millions of jobs and brought development and increased prosperity to many countries in the region.

ADB projects contribute directly to the roads, power lines, bridges, ports, and border crossings that link member countries and boost growth and development throughout the region. The bank has also prioritised the building of trade agreements, treaties and regional institutions that facilitate cooperation and closer integration. ADB is also committed to helping the region collectively address transnational challenges such as pollution, climate change, pandemics like COVID-19, and financial shocks.


Our Impact

Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.

$0 million

Cargo transported and energy transmitted
across borders

0

Regional transport and ICT connectivity assets established or improved

$0 billion

Trade and investment facilitated