Home to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, South Asia is one of the world’s most dynamic regions.
It's also one of the least integrated.
A few numbers say it all: Intra-regional trade accounts for only 5 percent of South Asia’s total trade; Intra-regional investment is smaller than 1 percent of overall investment.
This is a lost opportunity as a more integrated South Asia can better connect people, increase trade, and boost prosperity for all.
To that end, the World Bank Group’s South Asia ran a regional photo competition inviting South Asians to take a picture and caption their vision of One South Asia.
The competition was open for 3 weeks and we received compelling entries.
Our panel has now made a decision and we're delighted to announce the winners of #OneSouthAsiaPhotoContest!
Thank you to all participants for sharing their vision of One South Asia.
In the next few weeks, we will launch an exciting new book A Glass Half Full: The Promise of regional Trade in South Asia’ which addresses specific barriers, like tariffs, non-tariff barriers, lack of connectivity and trust deficit, that have held back regional trade.
in the meantime, the 5 winners of the #OneSouthAsia Photo Contest are being featured on the World Bank One South Asia webpage as well as on World Bank social media channels. They will also receive a certificate of appreciation and a signed copy of the regional trade report.