What is the best way to begin involving more women in trade? A good place to start is trade facilitation–the simplification, modernization, and harmonization of export and import processes.

Nora Dihel, Satya Prasad Sahu, Mitali Nikore |

At the border between India and Bangladesh, a new digital platform is helping authorities process trucks faster and make trade more efficient—an important and encouraging first step toward…

Shruti Vijayakumar, Mitali Nikore |

The average Pakistani worker produces 40 percent more value added today than 30 years ago. Compare that to the average Vietnamese worker, who is 328 percent more productive today. Put differently…

Gonzalo Varela |

Low and middle-income countries are at the center of the trade-climate nexus, according to a recent report from the World Bank. Collectively, their annual emissions grew faster than the world…

Mari Elka Pangestu |

A tumultuous year of deep uncertainty brought on by multiple overlapping crises in which South Asia was hit by a series of unprecedented shocks. Here's a look back at 2022 in 10 blogs.

Adnan Siddiqi |

This blog is a biweekly feature highlighting recent working papers from around the World Bank Group. It introduces four papers published from October 16 to October 31 on various topics, including…

Marcelo Buitron, Policy Research Working Paper team |

New World Bank working paper examines if a change in external trade costs, that is, the cost of importing, on economic activity across regions within a country depend on internal trade costs and…

Arti Grover, Kunal Dasgupta |

For South Asia to reach its full economic potential, it must explore untapped opportunities.

Hans Timmer |

Nepal's economy is expected to grow by 3.7 percent in the current fiscal year and 4.1 percent in FY2022/23, led by a recovery of the services sector amid high COVID-19 vaccination rates.

Faris Hadad-Zervos |

Shipping is also a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. To combat the rapid growth in GHG emissions, international shipping has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by at least 50…

Jennifer Brown, Dominik Englert, Yoomin Lee, Rico Salgmann |