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#OneSouthAsia Conversations

Jul 28, 2022

Deepening Linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia

The 12th #OneSouthAsia Conversation, explored the potentials and constraints of greater economic collaboration between South Asia and Southeast Asia. It built on the World Bank's latest analysis on Deepening Linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia, which explores new approaches to revitalize trade and economic links between the two regions, focusing on areas like digital, environmental goods, and services.

May 23, 2022

Innovate and Mitigate: Emerging Solutions for Climate Resilience in South ...

South Asia is among the most vulnerable regions to climate risks. More than half of all South Asians, or 750 million people, were affected by one or more climate-related disasters in the last two decades. The 11th OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on the ways South Asian countries can leverage innovation and technologies to build climate resilience and collaborative cross-border solutions.

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Mar 29, 2022

Connecting across Borders: South Asia's Digital Opportunity

South Asian countries can tap the immense digital potential with better infrastructure, improved digital skills, enhanced digital inclusion and protection. Also, more can be done to unlock opportunities by improving access to capacity and connecting currently disadvantaged landlocked countries; boosting cross-border digital payments cross border data flows.

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Jan 31, 2022

Regional Power Trade: Toward a Green, Clean, and Energy-secure South Asia

The nascent power trade among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal is poised to expand as nations harmonize energy policies, hydropower and transmission plans, technical specifications, and commercial requirements. A #OneSouthAsia Conversation explored the benefits and challenges ahead.

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Nov 22, 2021

Path to Recovery: Embracing Intraregional Investments in South Asia

Governments can help the private sector create jobs by easing restrictions on investments so companies can open trade offices, build manufacturing plants, and license services in a neighboring country. Also needed are transboundary industry meetings and women’s networks -- low-cost actions with high impact.

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Sep 16, 2021

Harnessing Technology to Build Human Capital in South Asia

Rapid advances in digital platforms, AI, Big Data, and other technology offer ways to improve social services and job opportunities throughout South Asia. A key step is for the region to work together on policies that narrow the digital divide and set data governance protections for all.

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Jul 27, 2021

Breathing Uneasy: Regional Response to Air Pollution in South Asia

About 95 percent of South Asians are breathing air that fails international safety standards. Dirty air from brick kilns, wood stoves, vehicles, and industrial plants blows across national boundaries and requires a collaborative response.

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May 05, 2021

Turning the Tide on Marine Plastics in South Asia

Plastic pollution is choking the major rivers and seas of South Asia, affecting the health and livelihoods of 2 billion people. The World Bank is working with all eight nations to build a circular economy for plastic and find innovative substitutes for its use.

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Mar 10, 2021

Connecting to Thrive: Transport Integration in South Asia

Seamless Bangladesh-India transport links can boost national incomes, speed up shipments, and cut costs, benefitting millions. Steps needed include simplifying border procedures, adding multimodal options, and fully adopting the 2015 Motor Vehicles Agreement.

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Jan 29, 2021

Pivoting in a Pandemic: Women Entrepreneurs Tap Regional Opportunities

South Asia has the lowest rate of women entrepreneurs among global regions. To rebuild after COVID-19, South Asia needs women-led businesses to drive innovative services and products, create jobs, and close gender gaps.

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Nov 23, 2020

Feeding South Asia in Times of Crisis

The pandemic pushed food prices up 10% in South Asia. Regional cooperation can help stabilize food supplies by easing trade barriers and managing climate change impacts on crop production.

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Sep 02, 2020

How Can Regional Cooperation Support South Asia's COVID-19 Recovery?

Regional cooperation to find solutions to shared problems can help South Asia rebuild after COVID-19. Intraregional trade, for instance, is only one-third of its potential with an estimated gap of $23 billion.




#OneSouthAsia Conversations explore ideas for regional cooperation in economic connectivity, climate resilience, and human development

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Cecile Fruman
Director, Regional Integration and Engagement - South Asia
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