This paper explains hard and soft barriers to trade in South Asia by analyzing transport links and trade facilitation issues. First, the paper examines data on transport networks and trade logistics obtained from national statistics, government agencies, and consultations with private stakeholders and freight forwarders to understand physical barriers to trade in South Asia. Second, this paper estimates trade gains from addressing soft-side issues, including efficiency improvements in the movement of trade cargo.
CAREC Integrated Trade Agenda 2030 and Rolling Strategic Action Plan 2018–2020
This publication discusses how the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) can enhance trade by addressing key challenges, including poor market access, limited economic diversification, and weak institutions for trade.
Land Acquisition and Infrastructure Development through Land Trust Laws: A Policy Framework for Asia
This paper first identifies the long-term risks associated with land sale, second the paper proposes the land trust or land lease for the development of infrastructure investment and industrialization purposes.