This volume examines the dichotomy between the two faces of South Asiaߟone poverty stricken and lagging in development, the other highly urbanized and growing rapidlyߟand tries to find a workable solution to bridge this gap. It looks at the many policy and institutional constraints that contribute to this dichotomy, especially regional conflict that has made South Asia one of the least integrated regions of the world.

Harmonizing Regulatory Mechanisms: Options for Deepening Investment Integration in South Asia

Harmonizing regulatory mechanisms: Options for deepening investment integration in South Asia
Mark AndrewDutz1

Introduction

With the gradual reduction of cross-border trade barriers, domestic enterprise regulations—for example, entry/investment, exit/disinvestment, and operational regulations, including licensing, taxation, behind-the-border trade and logistics-related rules, banking and capital market rules, legal dispute settlement mechanisms, and competition law, as well as the heavier regulation of infrastructure sectors and frameworks for public-private partnerships (PPPs)—have become an increasingly significant factor affecting the relative prices of exports, imports, and domestic production. The effects of inefficient domestic regulations transcend national borders, distorting and reducing not only trade but also investment levels. The issue has therefore become an important matter of regional economic policy. One driver of regionalization of ...

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