South Asia’s transport corridors can lead to prosperity

This blog is based on the report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly transport-corridors-blogproduced with the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency

No doubt, South Asia’s prosperity was built along its trade routes.

One of the oldest, the Grand Trunk Road from the Mughal era still connects East and West and in the 17th century made Delhi, Kabul and Lahore wealthy cities with impressive civic buildings, monuments, and gardens.

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From Parts to Products: Why Trade Logistics Matter

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  • The sixth edition of Connecting to Compete reveals a persistent gap between high-income and low-income countries on logistics performance. High-income countries score, on average, 48% better on logistics than low-income countries.
  • Logistics relates to how efficiently countries can move physical goods across and within borders. A country’s performance in this area can determine how it participates in international markets.
  • Emerging trends in logistics include eco-friendly logistics options, labor shortages in both developed and developing countries, and preparedness for cyber threats.


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From Parts to Products: Why Trade Logistics Matter

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Washington, 24 July 2018 – Take a close look at your smart phone for a moment. What trade-lpi-2018-warehouse-shutterstockdo you see? A glass screen. A button equipped with fingerprint recognition. A camera lens, flashlight, microphone, and speaker. Each of these components, and others – including chips, processors, batteries – are independently sourced from companies located all over the world and assembled into a finished product at factories, often in China. Any smart phone you purchase, and its components, has likely passed through customs several times, landed on multiple countries and continents, and been touched by countless workers.

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After 20 Years of Isolation, Congolese Cities and Urban Centers Experience a Revival

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  • Much of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s vast territory is poorly connected.
  • For many such as Christine Monga, a businesswoman in Buta, communication between Kinshasa, the capital, and other provincial cities is challenging with access to rural areas near impossible.
  • To address this situation, the International Development Association (IDA) is financing the Pro-Routes Project that has already rehabilitated over 2,400 kilometers of priority roads.

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Online: Wednesday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.


Jumpstarting the Next Revolution in Food and Agriculture

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm ET/ 15:00 – 16:30 GMT
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank

Chief Economists Roundtable: The Road to 2030 – New Challenges, New Solutions

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Date: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET/ 17:00 – 18:00 GMT ET
Location: MC13-121, World Bank


Deadline: 02-Apr-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)PPPs

This activity is to support the Government of Senegal to conduct the preliminary assessment of the potential for PPP (i) in the urban transport in the Greater Dakar Area and (ii) in the road sector throughout the country through the rapid assessment of the characteristics of the urban transport sector and the national road networks, existing legal, institutional and administrative framework, current urban transport and road management systems, travel demands, traffic volumes, vehicle fleets, expected traffic growth, etc.

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Revisiting Economic Geography

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Place is one of the most important determinants of welfare. Simply by moving from the countryside to the city, or from a poor to a rich country, a person can greatly increase returns to labor or access to services. Yet, the study of the role of place in development was long neglected in mainstream economics. This changed significantly over the last 15 years or so and in 2009 spatial issues in development became the topic of the World Development Report Reshaping Economic Geography.

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eC2: Enhancement of Agricultural Perishable Goods Logistics in Haiti Establishing Food logistics Centers

Deadline: 28-Jul-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – WasAgrabusiness-Story-Bannerhington D.C.)

This component of the “Haiti DTIS implementation project” will produce a Feasibility Study for Collection and Treatment Centers or Logistic Platform suitable for perishables crops located in an agribusiness industrial park promoted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. This study will include the assessment of the financial, economic, security, engineering, and market demand aspects of the stages in the Logistic Platform (processing, storage and inspection), as well as the required supporting road infrastructure.
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Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2016—Did you know that 94% of shipments imported into trade-LPI-fishing-ship-container-dockerGermany meet the quality standards of global logistics operators, compared to only 40% in Bolivia? Or that importing goods into Georgia requires traders to deal with just one agency, but in Madagascar, traders must deal with 10?

All of these issues, and more, are captured under the broad category of logistics – the methods and procedures a country uses to move goods across borders. Infrastructure, procedures, regulations, geographic characteristics and even political economy issues all play a role in defining the strength of a country’s logistics.

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Transport Mission Presentations

On February 1-4, 2016 representatives of Austria, Canada, Spain, the United States, and the Netherlands Ethiopia-Road-Construction organized a joint trade mission focusing on opportunities for the transportation sector at the World Bank Group (WBG), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The mission provided companies a great opportunity to meet key experts at the International Financial Institutions (IFI’s) in the transportation sector. The experts discussed current and upcoming projects involving rural and inter-urban road upgrades, urban transportation, railways, global road safety, as well as projects for port and aviation sectors. Companies were given insight in the requirements and constraints relating to projects, and ways of gaining access to projects funded by the multilateral banks. They learned how projects are launched and carried out and how their company can stay informed of upcoming projects.

We understand that these missions are not accessible for every company that is why we have decided to share two  presentations:

The first presentation includes general information about the World Bank Group discussing the different institutions that create the World Bank Group and a quick snap shot about the institutions history.

Click here to see the presentation.

The second presentation discusses the procurement process of the World Bank. As you may know the World Bank has revised its procurement policy document. We posted a great blog article  about this topic which lists the key changes.

Click here to see the presentation.

Please let us know if you have any questions about joining a mission in the future.