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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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Acknowledgements

This report was prepared under the overall direction and guidance of Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and under the substantive direction of Dong-Woo Ha, Director of the Transport Division. The core team of the Division who contributed substantively included: Pierre Chartier, Sandeep Raj Jain, Fedor Kormilitsyn, Yuwei Li, Peter O’Neill, A.S.M. Abdul Quium, Thanattaporn Rasamit, Madan B. Regmi, Heini Suominen, Mathieu Verougstraete and Jenny Yamamoto.

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