E-commerce can become a driver of growth across South Asia and boost trade between the region’s countries, but its potential remains largely untapped.

Viviana Perego, Sanjay Kathuria, Arti Grover, Aaditya Mattoo, Pritam Banerjee |

India can unleash the economic potential of its North Eastern Region (NER) by focusing on reforms that will boost the region’s participation in regional and Global Value Chains.

Priya Mathur, Sanjay Kathuria |

Intraregional trade in South Asia could be worth $67 billion rather than $23 billion. This gap between potential and actual trade leads to a signficiant loss to consumers, firms and exporters, in…

Sanjay Kathuria, Nadeem Rizwan |

In South Asia, higher exports can translate into benefits for workers such as rising wages and a shift to formal employment. But these gains benefit some groups more than others, notably male,…

Gladys Lopez-Acevedo, Diego Cardozo Medeiros, Deeksha Kokas |

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 |

Saman Kelegama, a Sri Lankan economist and the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS Sri Lanka) died prematurely in June 2017. He was a champion of deeper South Asian…

Sanjay Kathuria |

India-Bangladesh land border crossing. Credit: Sanjay Kathuria Deepening connectivity and economic linkages between India and Bangladesh will be critical for the success of India’s ‘Act East’…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Bangladesh has now joined the ranks of a lower middle-income country. But the next phase of growth and poverty reduction is harder. Credit: World Bank There is no doubt that Bangladesh is a modern…

Sanjay Kathuria |

Bangladesh Women in Garment Factory. Credit: World Bank ​This blog is part of the series #OneSouthAsia exploring how South Asia can become a more integrated, thus more economically dynamic region…

Sanjay Kathuria |