April 2017

South Asia needs to improve its subdued competitiveness

Business Standard, 25 April, 2017
South Asia is becoming one of the most interesting regions in the world economy, displaying unprecedented growth, averaging close to six per cent per annum since the 1990s. According to a new World Bank report, it has consolidated its position as the global leader in growth.

Helen Clark: Statement to the 35th Meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee

UNDP, 19 April, 2017
The United Nations appreciates the continuing collaboration with the IMF and other IATF members in this important workstream, and welcomes new institutional discussions to strengthen co-operation and leverage our comparative advantages further in pursuit of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

India – Bangladesh Joint Statement during the State Visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, 8 April, 2017
During the talks, the two Prime Ministers affirmed that the relationship between India and Bangladesh was anchored in history, culture, language and shared values of secularism, democracy, and countless other commonalities between the two countries.

Myanmar joins ADB’s South Asia economic body

Daily Star, 1 April, 2017
Myanmar has formally become a full member of South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) programme of Asian Development Bank (ADB) being the seventh country to join the group.