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Connectivity and cooperation

  • Published
    31st Oct, 2023

Context:

India and Nepal must update transport agreements. Success hinges on Nepal's efforts to boost trade capabilities and adjust industry capacity.

Rejuvenating Regional Cooperation

  • SAARC's Ineffectiveness: SAARC's dysfunctionality hinders regional cooperation in South Asia, necessitating a fresh approach to revive collaboration.
  • Empowering Trade Corridors: Prioritizing Highly Facilitated Trade Corridors (HFTC) in BBIN and BIMSTEC regions can enhance regional integration and economic growth.
  • CSEP's Policy Brief: The policy brief emphasizes the potential of HFTC in addressing border transport and trade challenges.

Enhancing India-Nepal Relations

  • Empathy and Trust: India-Nepal relations should be driven by empathy, trust, and complementarity, with a focus on efficient trade facilitation.
  • Trade Infrastructure Improvement: Structural changes, including addressing trade-related constraints, are vital for efficient trade and transport facilitation between India and Nepal.
  • Nepal's Role in Modernization: Nepal's willingness to enhance trade-related capacity and recalibrate industrial capabilities is crucial for modernizing transport and transit agreements.

Overcoming Economic Challenges in Nepal

  • Prioritizing Connectivity: Nepal must reassess priorities and overcome Chinese-driven infrastructural delays, focusing on improving connectivity with India.
  • Addressing Economic Woes: Economic challenges, including inflation and market imperfections, are linked to Nepal's landlocked status and trade norms that need reform.
  • India-Nepal Collaboration: Bilateral cooperation, grounded in trust and joint action, can drive economic activities, improve connectivity, and benefit all Nepalis.
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