Working Towards Economic Integration: Lessons from EU
While the European Union may have an array of challenges at present, the formation of the EU in the aftermath of World War II has self-evidently transformed Western Europe after centuries of intermittent conflict. Open borders, free trade and a single market have served to increase prosperity and build people to people contacts. Read more
Envisioning South Asia in 2030
Many predictions have been made about the trajectory of Asia in the 21st Century. Expected to be the global engine of growth in coming decades, the Indo-Pacific is undergoing political, economic and competitive churn as governments attempt to respond to demands of inclusiveness, equality and access to opportunity from their citizens. Read more
A Connected Subcontinent: South Asia in 2030
A common image of the South Asian Subcontinent is that it is the least integrated part of the world. The lack of progress in regional integration under the aegis of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is widely lamented. The dominance of strategic pessimism in the Subcontinent may suggest that the situation is unlikely to change in any significant manner by 2030. Read more
South Asia: Agenda for 2030
As a term, South Asia needs to be defined. An obvious definition is based on SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Read more
Nepal Economic Vision 2030: Leveraging Private Sector Growth and Investments
In the last decade, Nepal has witnessed many milestones. Popular uprisings around the country in 2006 led to the reinstatement of democracy and paved way for the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) which ended the decade long Maoist insurgency, overthrew centuries old monarchy, and elected a Constituent Assembly which finally promulgated the new constitution in 2015 in its second attempt. Despite epoch defining political changes, on the economic front Nepal has been a non-performer with per capita income of just USD 730. Read more
Agenda 2030 in Nepal: Delivering Development to People’s Doorsteps
Within its development cohort, Nepal is one of the star performers with regards to achieving some of the key objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) defined and adopted in 2000 to support countries make critical social progress for their people. Read more