Regional Policy Dialogue on Strengthening Transport Connectivity in Southern and Central Asia
Connectivity has a vital role to play in unlocking full trade and economic potential of countries of the Southern and Central Asian subregions.
With the aim of assisting Southern Asian countries to fully utilize the possibilities of AH and TAR corridors, to connect markets internally as well as with those of Europe, Central Asia and South-East Asia, two trunk corridors for intra- and inter-regional connectivity have been identified, namely the TIPI–BM (Turkey–Iran (Islamic Republic of)–Pakistan–India–Bangladesh–Myanmar) Road Corridor and the ITI-DKD-Y (Istanbul–Tehran–Islamabad–Delhi–Kolkata–Dhaka-//-Yangon) Container Rail Cargo Corridor. The ITI-DKD-Y and TIPI-BM corridors are integral parts of AH and TAR networks, and are interlinked at various locations covering Southern Asia longitudinally and latitudinally. Together, they offer multimodal connectivity to inland production centres in the subregion with minimal infrastructural investments, linkages to other major transport corridor proposals in Southern and Central Asia, new transport connectivity options for landlocked developing countries of the subregion and possibilities of forming production networks.
UNESCAP has been organizing a series of Regional Policy Dialogues as groundwork to build capacity for implementing the ITI-DKD-Y and TIPI-MB Corridors. The deliberations at these Policy Dialogues were also cognizant of the overlapping cross-border connectivity projects and programmes led by various subregional organizations. In continuation of those earlier initiatives, ESCAP will bring together participating countries in order to further advance the operationalization of the ITI-DKD and TIPI-BM proposals, in the context of new developments in international transport policies and practices.