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Transportation connects people and markets. More efficient transport reduces shipping time and the cost of moving goods throughout South Asia.


Our work includes improving highways, inland waterways, rail border posts, and ports along key regional corridors as well as related logistics services. We want to help transform transportation corridors into broad economic corridors that bring more economic opportunities, especially to poor and underserved people.


The World Bank works with a number of partners, including the South Asia Regional Trade Facilitation Program and the Program for Asia Connectivity and Trade, to provide analyses and technical assistance to strengthen regional transport links. Some activities are listed below.




Blog series: Transport in South Asia


What's New


Western Bangladesh can become a transit hub in South Asia

June 26, 2020 - Bangladesh will move closer to becoming a transit hub bridging South Asia and Southeast Asia with a new project to improve outdated roads used by more than 20 million consumers, farmers, and businesses.
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World Bank approves $450 million project to expand regional links among BBIN countries

June 10, 2020 – The World Bank approved a project to help Nepal improve roads and boost cross-border trade during its COVID-19 economic recovery. The project is part of the Eastern Corridor Connectivity Program in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal.
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World Bank approves $500 million project to develop green, resilient, and safe highways in India

March 27, 2020 - The World Bank Board approved a $500 million project to build safe and green highways in India's Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh states. The new roads will provide seamless connectivity and reduce logistics costs.
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Safer roads would add over $1 trillion to South Asian economies

Feb 20, 2020 - Road safety investments in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal need to focus on regional trade corridors that carry heavy traffic of all types on narrow lanes, limited or no shoulders, and inadequate footpaths and crossings.
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World Bank approves $88 million project to help modernize waterways in Assam

Jan 16, 2020 - The Government of India, Government of Assam and the World Bank today signed a loan agreement of $88 million to help modernize Assam’s passenger ferry sector that runs on its rivers including the mighty Brahmaputra.
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Road Safety in South Asia: Opportunities for Shared Regional Initiatives

Feb 20, 2020 - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal could halve road crash fatalities by investing $118 billion in road safety over the next decade. Such an investment would also bring $1.2 trillion in annual benefits, according to a World Bank report.
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Moving Forward: Connectivity and Logistics to Sustain Bangladesh's Success

Nov. 13, 2019 - More efficient logistics would help Bangladesh boost exports, create jobs, and maintain its position as a leading ready-made-garment producer. Congested seaports and roads and inadequate infrastructure threaten economic growth.
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The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia

August 10, 2018 - Transport corridors often generate wider economic benefits. This report offers an appraisal methodology to examine competing proposals and select corridors with the greatest benefits.
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A Glass Half Full: The Promise of Regional Trade in South Asia

Sept. 19, 2018 - Potential trade within South Asia has been held back by tariffs and paratariffs, real and perceived nontariff barriers, connectivity costs, and a lack of trust among neighboring countries.
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Competitiveness of South Asia's Container Ports

Oct. 31, 2016 - Better logistics at South Asian ports could increase trade, diversify exports, and attract more foreign direct investment. This report suggests that improvements will need more private sector participation and stronger governance by port officials.
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