Cooperation Essential for Economic Integration of South Asia

5 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2016

Date Written: November 10, 2016


South Asian countries are involved in regional as well as bilateral initiatives towards economic integration via free trade agreements. A remarkable numbers of regional as well as bilateral trade agreements were signed by the South Asian Countries. Few of those agreements are already in effect and rests of those are in negotiation table. In such a circumstance political conflict between the nations especially between India and Pakistan made the flow not responding. I have full confidence that this not responding situation will be overcome by our leaders and policy makers over time. But the sooner is the better in this case. Because without a peaceful and cooperative South Asia none of the countries could be gainer even by signing thousands of bilateral free trade agreement / economic partnership agreement with hundreds of states.

Keywords: SAARC, Economic Cooperation, Economic Integration, Regional Free Trade Agreement

JEL Classification: F15, F36

Suggested Citation

Abdin, Md. Joynal, Cooperation Essential for Economic Integration of South Asia (November 10, 2016). Available at SSRN:

Md. Joynal Abdin (Contact Author)

DCCI Business Institute (DBI) ( email )

DCCI Building (11th Floor), 65-66 Motijheel C/A
Dhaka, 1000

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