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 |

“You can take the man out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the man.”   A native of Morocco, Hanane Benkhallouk began her career in New York before moving to Dubai in 2005…

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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 |

The Middle East and North Africa region has never faced such significant stress on its ageing infrastructure like it does today, with one of the most telling being the substantial increase in the…

Sameh Mobarek, Moëz Cherif, Fanny Missfeldt-Ringius |

Understanding Macroeconomic Volatility: Part 2 The fact is that a government can soften a recession by increasing spending (the counter-cyclical approach) to raise demand and output. If government…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Ha Minh Nguyen, Rei Odawara |

Volatility in financial markets gets wide attention in the public eye. Less noticed is what we in the development world call macroeconomic volatility—faster-than-desired swings in the broad forces…

Francisco G. Carneiro, Ha Minh Nguyen, Rei Odawara |