Although economic linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia have been strengthened over the past decade, integration between these two regions remains limited. Can new approaches to regional integration help revitalize trade and economic links between South Asia and Southeast Asia?
This session will discuss the current constraints that limit trade, investment and migration links between the two regions, the expected gains from their removal, and the options for deepening linkages between South Asia and Southeast Asia focusing on less explored areas, such as digital and environmental issues.
The analysis employs novel datasets on services, investment and migration, innovative techniques such as machine learning to estimate the restrictiveness of services barriers, and an economywide general equilibrium model that explicitly incorporates services and investment to provide a more complete picture of regional integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia that goes beyond trade in goods.
Nora Dihel, Senior Economist, World Bank
Prof Hildegunn Kyvik Nordås, Senior Associate, Council on Economic Policies and Visiting Professor, Örebro University
Prof Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Policy Dialogue
Mia Mikic, ARTNeT / WomeninARTNeT