Regional Integration in South Asia

Trends, Challenges and Prospects

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Regional Integration in South Asia: Trends, Challenges and Prospects presents an objective assessment of trade and economic co-operation among South Asian nations and highlights policy issues to foster regional integration. The analyses presented in this volume go beyond the usual discussions on trade-in-goods to provide insightful perspectives on potential new areas of co-operation, emerging challenges, and country-specific views on regional and bilateral trade co-operation issues.

Written by influential analysts and researchers, the volume’s 24 chapters include perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and examinations of new areas of co-operation such as investment, regional supply chains, energy and cross-border transport networks.



International Trade, Regional Integration and Food Security in South Asia

South Asia is home to more than 23 per cent of the global population but it accounts for less than 3 per cent of global output (GDP). All countries in South Asia are classified in the low-income or low-middle-income categories. Poverty and hunger are the most serious problems faced by the region. About 43 per cent of the poor and 36 per cent of the undernourished population of the world is concentrated in South Asia. Despite rapid growth of some of the economies in the region, the incidence of poverty, hunger and malnutrition has not seen perceptible decline. All these countries, except India, have been net importers of food, as their own production has not been sufficient to meet domestic requirements.


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