Across Asia and the Pacific, ADB is working to promote cross-border infrastructure, trade integration, financial links, and regional public goods.
Intraregional trade linkages further strengthened across all subregions in Asia and the Pacific in 2020.
Trade and investment, better infrastructure and digitalization are boosting connectivity.
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.
Results delivered in 2021 from ADB projects.
Cargo transported and energy transmitted
Regional transport and ICT connectivity assets established or improved
Trade and investment facilitated
ADB supports strengthening infrastructure connectivity between countries, enhancing trade, finance, and investment links. These have all had a major impact on economic development in the region. The bank also works to foster collective regional action on public health, environment, and climate change.
The PRC Inner Mongolia Sustainable Cross-Border Development Investment Program promotes cooperation between the PRC Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) and Mongolia. The program boosts economic inclusion, ecosystems, and crucial services in IMAR’s five border communities and surrounding areas.
Given the remoteness and dispersion of the Pacific islands, there’s a clear need for RCI tailored to the specific challenges of the Pacific. ADB prioritizes maritime connectivity, such as this project in the Solomon Islands improving port facilities.
Chief of Regional Cooperation and Integration Thematic Group
Director, Regional Cooperation and Integration Division