Private Sector-Led Integration and Free Trade Agreements in South Asia: Technical Assistance Completion Report
sector: Industry and Trade | country: | region: Regional
Major lessons were as follows:
(i) the close partnership with FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a critical private sector chamber in South Asia) contributed significantly to the successful conduct of the TA (technical assistance) activities. Being a knowledge unit in ADB, OREI (Office of Regional Economic Integration) had limited engagement with non-governmental stakeholders in South Asia and FICCI served as its gateway to key private sector organizations in the region.
(ii) The TA’s impact may have been enhanced if it were formally a part of ADB’s country and regional technical assistance plans in South Asia.