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South Asia: On the Cusp of Regional Connectivity

As South Asian leaders gather in Kathmandu this week for the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), there is growing expectation for the discussions to result in stronger economic and energy connectivity in the region and opportunity for enhanced regional collaboration on a host of other areas. While it is too early to tell what agreements will be forged at the SAARC summit, such a focus is long overdue in a region that continues to be one of the least connected in terms of interregional trade.
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