The chapter “Bangladesh: Perspectives on Deepening Cross-border Links” by Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Executive Director; Dr Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Additional Research Director, Mehruna Islam Chowdhury, former Senior Research Associate and Farzana Sehrin, former Research Associate, is published in the Connecting Asia: Infrastructure for Integrating South and Southeast Asia by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and Edward Elgar Publishing, United Kingdom.
This book narrates a depth analysis on regional connectivity and economic integration between South Asia and Southeast Asia which can be beneficiary for both regions. Specifically, the country studies of national connectivity and policies related to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are are explored here with major findings in trade and investment, economic cooperation, regional cooperation initiatives and the role of economic corridors.
Summary of the chapter by CPD authors:
“In Chapter 11, Mustafizur Rahman, Khondaker Golam Moazzem, Mehruna Islam Chowdhury and Farzana Sehrin conclude that economic integration between Bangladesh and its partners in South Asia and Southeast Asia is seriously inhibited by the poor state of transport connectivity. Their study reviews connectivity initiatives of Bangladesh and the two neighboring regions and proposes ways to deepen regional and inter-regional connectivity. Since the early 1990s, as a consequence of their trade-led growth strategies, South Asia and Southeast Asia have emerged as important economic partners of Bangladesh, both in terms of export destination and import sourcing. However, constraints ‘at the border’ and ‘behind the border’ have tended to undermine the prospects of reaping the benefits accruing from closer economic cooperation.” [p. 27]
ISBN: 978 1 78536 347 4
eISBN: 978 1 78536 348 1