Regional Economic Integration in South Asia: The Way Forward.
Pakistan Development Review 2004, Winter, 43, 4
Pakistan Development Review
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I. INTRODUCTION Like many developing economies, the South Asian countries are opening-up their economies with a view to accelerating their economic growth through greater trade and investment. In this context, attempts have also been made to encourage regional trade under the aegis of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). In particular, the South Asian Preferential Trade Agreement (SAPTA) provides for reductions in tariffs and other restrictions on specific commodities on a reciprocal basis, and the eventual objective is to integrate the South Asian economies into a free trade area through SAFTA, which would come into force on January 1, 2006. However, despite greater attention on regional economic cooperation initiatives, there has been little progress in regional trade expansion: intra-regional trade continues to be minimal, not exceeding 5 percent of the total trade of the South Asian economies.
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- Category: Economics
- Published: 22 December 2004
- Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics
- Print Length: 25 Pages
- Language: English