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Regional connectivity for shared prosperity

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As networks in the Asian and Pacific region become increasingly integrated and interdependent, the future of regional connectivity will depend on how closely Asia-Pacific countries work together. Regional strategies presented in this Theme Study can be the basis for this cooperation. However, success will depend on strengthening institutional coordination between Governments, both across sectors and across borders. Greater cooperation is also needed to identify new sources of finance for developing regional networks. To move the region's connectivity agenda forward, Government should enlist the support of the private sector, academia and civil society, which are the ambassadors and potential beneficiaries of enhanced regional connectivity.

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Regional strategies for strengthening regional connectivity

Regional connectivity requires integrating different types of regional networks, ranging from infrastructure networks to those concerned with knowledge-sharing. As they evolve, these networks are becoming more complex and interdependent. Developing regional networks in a strategic and coordinated way will spread the benefits more evenly across Asia and the Pacific, particularly to the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States. Given the unique spatial contexts in which they are situated, these countries will require different approaches and modalities for strengthening regional connectivity.

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