South-South Economic Linkages: An Overview

51 Pages Posted: 9 Sep 2011

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Shikha Jha

Asian Development Bank

Peter McCawley

Asian Development Bank Institute

Date Written: August 1, 2011


The nature of South-South international economic relations has changed significantly in recent decades, especially since the early 1990s. In areas such as trade, investment, labor markets, technology, and policy coordination, regional cooperation between countries of the South and pro-market policies have supported a rapid growth in South-South linkages. Looking ahead, the prospects are that the changing architecture of international economic relations that South-South cooperation has underpinned will contribute to growth across the developing world. Governments in developing countries of the Asia and Pacific region can foster expanded South-South cooperation by strengthening the capacity of governments to support pro-market policies. Potential gains for the region include expanded opportunities to promote growth and productivity, openings to expand connectivity between and within countries, a stronger collective voice in global decision making, more effective regional institutions, and improved economic security and stability.

Keywords: south-south economic linkages, trade, investment, labor markets, policy coordination, regional cooperation, Economics Working Paper No. 270

JEL Classification: F02, F15, F21, F22, F42, F55, O19

Suggested Citation

Jha, Shikha and McCawley, Peter, South-South Economic Linkages: An Overview (August 1, 2011). Asian Development Bank Economics Working Paper No. 270. Available at SSRN: or

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