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Regional Cooperation and Integration (RCI)

RCI promotes growth and narrows development gaps between ADB’s developing member countries by building high quality cross-border infrastructure, closer trade integration, intraregional supply chains, and stronger financial links, and motivating provision of regional public goods, enabling slow-moving economies to speed their own expansion.

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program

The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program is a partnership of countries and development partners working together to promote development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction.

The program is a proactive facilitator of practical, results-based regional projects, and policy initiatives critical to sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity in the region. It is guided by the overarching vision of “Good Neighbors, Good Partners, and Good Prospects.”

CAREC 2030 provides the new long-term strategic framework for the program and prioritizes five operational clusters, encompassing both traditional and new areas of cooperation: (i)Economic and Financial Stability; (ii) Trade, Tourism, and Economic Corridors; (iii) Infrastructure and Connectivity; (iv) Agriculture and Water; and (v) Human Development.

In addition, CAREC supports the integration of information and communication technology (ICT) across the spectrum of CAREC operations to promote productivity and efficiency gains in all operational clusters.

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Contacts/Experts

  • CAREC Secretariat

    Asian Development Bank, CAREC Unit
    6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila 1550, Philippines

     Tel: +632 8632 4474
     Fax: +632 8636 2387

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Other Subregional Programs

ADB serves as secretariat or advisor for the following subregional programs.

Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)

Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)

The Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area initiative was launched in 1994 as a cooperation initiative to close the development gap across and within the EAGA member countries.

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS)

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River, covering 2.6 million square kilometers and a combined population of around 326 million.

Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT)

Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand are neighbors sharing close historical, cultural, and linguistic ties.

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)

South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC)

The SASEC Program brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in a project-based partnership to build a better quality of life for the people of the subregion.