How Can Regional Cooperation Support South Asia’s COVID-19 recovery?

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Regional integration, cooperation, and engagement can produce significant gains across South Asia. Intra-regional trade, for instance, stands at only a third of its potential with an estimated gap of $23 billion. Cooperation in energy between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal could lead to savings of $17 billion. Transporting goods across the region can cost up to 50 percent more than within the OECD countries. As South Asia grapples with the economic impact of COVID-19, it has an opportunity to strengthen regional institutions, improve regional infrastructure and connectivity, advance trade policy, and develop cross-border solutions to shared problems

The One South Asia webinar series is part of the World Bank’s updated regional integration, cooperation, and engagement strategy for South Asia that focuses on enabling economic connectivity, reducing vulnerabilities, and investing in human capital.

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Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank Group

Cecile Fruman, Director, Regional Integration and Engagement in South Asia, World Bank

Director, Regional Integration and Engagement, South Asia

President, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and Managing Director, Mohammadi...

Former Foreign Secretary of India, Currently Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Chairman of the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) Former Vice-Chair of the National...

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