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Introduction
SAFTA’S GEOPOLITICAL CONTEXT
OVERVIEW OF THE SAFTA AGREEMENT
SOUTH ASIA IN CONTEXT
PROS AND CONS OF REGIONAL TRADE ARRANGEMENTS
THE SOUTH ASIA FREE TRADE AREA
Planned Phased Tariff Cuts on Intra-SAFTA Trade
REFERENCES
2. Facilitating Regional Trade under SAFTA
THE CHALLENGE FOR POLICYMAKERS
TRADE FACILITATION PROVISIONS IN THE SAFTA TEXT
KEEPING THE SAFTA AGREEMENT IN CONTEXT
LESSONS FROM OTHER TRADE ARRANGEMENTS
INTERNATIONAL TRADE FACILITATION INDICATORS
BENEFITS AND COSTS OF TRADE FACILITATION
Examples of Trade Facilitation Benefits Quantified
CONCLUSIONS
A SIX-POINT TRADE FACILITATION STRATEGY FOR SAFTA
3. India
OVERVIEW OF THE ECONOMY
Trends in India’s Real GDP Growth Rates by Sector
TRADE STRUCTURE AND TRENDS
Composition of India’s Exports by Product Type
Share of India’s Leading Exports by Commodity (Percent)
Share of Developing and Asian Countries in India’s Trade (percent)
TRADE WITH SAARC COUNTRIES
Trends in India’s Trade with Other SAARC Countries
TRADE POLICY
NONTARIFF BARRIERS FACED BY INDIA IN SOUTH ASIA
BILATERAL AND MULTILATERAL AGREEMENTS
BENEFITS OF SAFTA FOR INDIA
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING SAFTA
POLITICAL DYNAMICS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
4. Bangladesh
OVERVIEW OF THE BANGLADESH ECONOMY
TRADE AND INVESTMENT POLICY
BANGLADESH’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE SAFTA AGREEMENT
SAFTA’S IMPLICATIONS FOR BANGLADESHI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
MAXIMIZING SAFTA’S BENEFITS TO BANGLADESH
5. Nepal
TRADE PERFORMANCE AND STRUCTURE
Direction of Nepal’s Merchandise Export Trade
Direction of Nepal’s Merchandise Import Trade
Transaction Costs of Formal and Informal Traders in Nepal–India Trade
TRADE REGIME AND REFORMS
SAFTA TARIFF REDUCTION AND MARKET ACCESS
OTHER IMPLICATIONS
6. Sri Lanka and Maldives
TRADE AND INVESTMENT COOPERATION
TRADE COMPLEMENTARITIES AND COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE
REGIONAL TRADE AND TRADING ARRANGEMENTS
Summary of India–Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement
Summary of Pakistan– Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement
Comparison of Sri Lanka’s FTAs with India and Pakistan, June 2005
SAFTA AGREEMENT
RECOMMENDATIONS
7. Pakistan
INTEGRATED SOUTH ASIAN ECONOMY UNDER BRITISH RULE
SOUTH ASIAN PREFERENCE FOR IMPORT-SUBSTITUTION
PAKISTAN: COMPOSITION AND DIRECTION OF TRADE
PERCEPTIONS OF PAKISTAN’S OPENNESS IN A “FLAT” WORLD
CURRENT TRADE POLICY AND TRADE REGIME
Share of Various Taxes in Pakistan’s Total Tax Revenue
REGIONAL AND BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS
PROMOTION OF INDIA–PAKISTAN TRADE
IMPACT OF SAFTA ON PAKISTAN
8. Afghanistan
Value of Afghanistan’s Exports by Destination
TRADE REGIME
THE SAFTA AGREEMENT
IMPLICATIONS OF SAFTA FOR AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s Exports to SAARC and Average Trade-weighted Tariff
Estimating Afghanistan’s Potential Revenue Losses on SAFTA Imports
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