Regional cooperation and integration

  • The PRC has emerged as an important hub for intra-industry and intra-regional trade and investment in Asia.

    Is Asia's growth independent of the West?

    By Cyn-Young Park on Monday, 27 March 2017

    For now, Asia does not yet appear to be decoupling from the world economy.

  • Customs control at the Thailand-Lao PDR border.

    Connecting Asia's growth poles

    By Wencai Zhang on Monday, 06 March 2017

    By standing together, Asia’s growth poles can take the next step toward even greater prosperity.

  • Artist's view of the new Ganga Bridge.

    India infrastructure: Connecting Bihar

    By Saleha Waseem on Monday, 06 February 2017

    A new bridge will help link the state to other parts of India, and beyond.

  • Shanghai port, PRC.

    What type of protectionism should we fear?

    By Jong Woo Kang on Monday, 30 January 2017

    If history is any guide, protectionism comes and goes, so the current rising tide will recede eventually.

  • Border checkpoint on the Lao side of the Mekong River.

    6 challenges to advancing GMS economic corridors

    By Cuong Minh Nguyen on Monday, 15 August 2016

    Despite notable progress, economic corridors remain a work in progress due to key constraints to their future development in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

  • Participants chat between sessions at the forum in Seoul.

    How and why we network Asian think tanks

    By Li Dongxiang on Thursday, 11 August 2016

    Networking enhances peer learning, strengthens collective capacities, bridges the gap between research and policy advice, and eventually contributes to the effectiveness of public policies in developing Asia.

  • The ADB-supported Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor was India’s first.

    Why economic corridor development is the way forward for South Asia

    By Hoe Yun Jeong on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

    If implemented well, this strategy promises more robust industrial growth, improved productivity, higher-paying jobs and skills development, influx of foreign investors, and increased exports.

  • Technicians working at an LED lighting factory in Guangdong, PRC.

    The benefits of South-South knowledge sharing for Asia-Pacific

    By Fei Yu on Thursday, 14 July 2016

    The joint ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative is launching a website to serve as a platform for sharing the PRC’s experiences, methods, ideas and opinions on what works and what doesn’t in development.

  • A truly global energy project in Uzbekistan

    By Sean M. O’Sullivan on Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Sean O’Sullivan, ADB Director General for Central and West Asia, gives an update on a $1.2 billion project to improve the electricity supply with two giant gas turbines in Uzbekistan.

  • The 5th meeting of the SASEC Customs Subgroup took place in May in the Maldives.

    Why we should be happy when SASEC customs officials talk more

    By Rose McKenzie on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

    More coordination and cooperation at the borders will create greater efficiencies that are passed on to traders so business becomes faster and cheaper – a cross-border win-win situation for all in South Asia.

  • A street vendor does business from his roadside stall in Melaka, Malaysia.

    Go back to basics to help ASEAN SMEs benefit from AEC

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 27 June 2016

    There is no single or simple solution to ensure SMEs benefit from regional integration schemes – ASEAN economies need to fix key productivity, regulatory, infrastructure, and financing gaps.

  • Customs clearance in the PRC.

    TPP and RCEP – friends not foes

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 20 June 2016

    TPP and RCEP are not perfect, but they can unlock Asian trade liberalization and growth. Supporting open accession, an eventual Asia-Pacific FTA and complementary national policies will help achieve this end.

  • Officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal wave off cars showcasing the agreement.

    High hopes for BBIN vehicle agreement, one year on

    By Ronald Butiong on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

    We look forward to making more progress on implementing the pact for both passenger and freight vehicles to cross swiftly and easily between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

  • Engineers monitoring operations at the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia.

    We need stronger commitment on skills mobility to realize the AEC

    By Guntur Sugiyarto on Friday, 13 May 2016

    The future of the AEC depends on ASEAN member states making economic and labor market conditions more conducive for foreign workers.

  • Intermodal containers at the port in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    Is globalization at risk? Regional solutions to global problems

    By Arjun Goswami on Monday, 02 May 2016

    Regional solutions within Asia, reinforced by boosting inter-regional trade and investment with Europe as an engine of global growth, can help counter the threats to globalization.

  • Port activity in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

    RCEP - a life raft for trade liberalization in Asia

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership offers hope in in an ocean of trade policy pessimism.

  • The Zhezkazgan-Saksaulskaya railway connects the Caspian Sea with the PRC via Kazakhstan.

    Back on track – reviving rail in Central Asia

    By Sharad Saxena on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

    Rail transport can help slash travel time, lower freight costs, and expand cross-border freight consignments across and beyond the region.

  • A chemical engineer working at the Lahendong Geothermal Power Plant in Indonesia.

    Promoting inclusive economic integration: Skills mobility within ASEAN

    By Shang Jin Wei on Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Greater skills mobility can bring more equal opportunities and help close the income gap.

  • Customs at the Ak Jol crossing, Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border.

    A snapshot of e-commerce in Central Asia

    By Alisa DiCaprio, Jeff Procak on Monday, 18 January 2016

    CAREC countries are making progress toward enabling e-commerce as automation improves, infrastructure spreads to rural areas, and regional cooperation promotes cross-border exchanges.

  • AEC signing ceremony at the XXVII ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. Photo by ASEAN Secretariat.

    Blog poll: Protectionism biggest challenge to AEC

    By Jayant Menon on Wednesday, 02 December 2015

    Achieving full and free movement of goods, capital, and people within the ASEAN Economic Community is a long process that must continue beyond 2015.