Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern Asia
As measured by the levels of intraregional trade, investment, transport connectivity and people-to-people contacts, South Asia remains one of the least integrated subregions in Asia. One of the main reasons behind this lack of integration is the high trade costs due to poor transport connectivity within the subregion.
Against this background and building on recent initiatives in the subregion, the Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern Asia will be held on 20 and 21 December 2015 in Tehran. It will seek to identify potential opportunities and challenges for strengthening subregional connectivity, including with the contiguous subregions of South-East Asia and Central Asia, share experience on measures to enhance connectivity and explore ways to apply a set of transport facilitation tools developed by ESCAP to deepen transport connectivity. The Policy Dialogue will also aim to identify actionable measures required to further strengthen transport connectivity, including through implementation of extended corridors along the Trans-Asian Railway and Asian Highway routes, in line with the master plan approach.