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How Can South Asia Boost its Untapped Regional Trade?

May 26, 2016

A discussion with World Bank's Lead Economist Sanjay Kathuria on how South Asia can boost its untapped -- yet potentially vast -- regional trade. With intra-regional trade at less than 5% of total trade, South Asia is the least integrated region in the world, dwarfed by East Asia’s 35% and Europe’s 60%. It’s 20% cheaper for India to trade with Brazil than with its neighbor Pakistan. Bangladesh’s exports to India can potentially rise by 300%. How can South Asia boost its untapped regional trade?