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 |

Bhutan's burgeoning services sector clusters mostly around cities, making it the fastest urbanizing country in South Asia.

David Mason |

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 |

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 |

Challenges and opportunities for women traders in SAR were at heart of discussions held at a workshop in Delhi on April 27-28, 2017.

Carmine Soprano |

The entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement on February 22 is a remarkable achievement. The TFA spearheads a global effort to reduce trade costs, helping countries to connect to…

Anabel Gonzalez |

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 |

Mortijheel Commercial area Photo credit: Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan South Asia can become a powerful locomotive of global development but it could just as easily regress into becoming the crucible for…

Tariq Karim |