World Bank South Asia Region team provides a platform for conversations about regional connectivity and helps find common ground between country priorities and regional integration.

Mandakini Kaul |

A fully functioning network will allow a ship to pick up freight in Assam and sail south on the Brahmaputra River into Bangladesh. From there, a ship can continue south to an ocean port in…

Bob Saum, Junaid Kamal Ahmad |

Pedestrians cross the road in front of motorcycles, cars, and buses at the crossroads in Kolkata, India. Photo: Radiokafka / Shutterstock This blog is part of a series that discusses a way forward…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Women knit handicrafts for export at Everest Fashion Fair Craft in Lalitpur, Nepal. Photo: Peter Kapuscinski / World Bank The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement has been in effect since…

Sanjay Kathuria, Nadeem Rizwan |

This is part of a series of blogs focused on the Sustainable Development Goals and data from the 2016 Edition of World Development Indicators.  This blog draws on data from the World Bank’s Rural…

Edie Purdie, Adam Diehl, Atsushi Iimi |

Trucks waiting to unload their goods in Bangladesh. Photo By Erik Nora/World Bank Judging by the number of views of the recent Facebook livestream event on intra-regional trade and investment in…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Transport history was in the making a few days ago when a Bangladeshi ship carried a consignment of 1, 000 tons of steel and iron sheets from the Port of Kolkata in West Bengal to India’s…

Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, Diep Nguyen-Van Houtte |