Title Playing to Strengths (International Development In Focus)
Subtitle A Policy Framework for Mainstreaming Northeast India
Author Sanjay Kathuria, Priya Mathur
ISBN 9781464815058
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 106
Book size 216 x 279 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher The World Bank
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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It is widely agreed that, over the past decade, accelerating infrastructure investments in India’s North Eastern Region (NER) and neighboring countries, along with connectivity agreements with Bangladesh, hold immense promise for unlocking NER’s economic potential. Other global trends, such as the growing incomes and consumer awareness in India and neighboring countries; a rising preference for fresh, healthy, safe, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible products; the growing role of services in manufacturing; and increasing demand for skilled resources are also very favorable for NER. Together, these developments can help NER showcase its strengths in agriculture and services, thereby developing value chains in these sectors, which will lead to sustainable, better-paying job opportunities for the people of NER.

In this context, the World Bank, in consultation with stakeholders— government, private sector, and academia—analyzed two cross-cutting constraints that are encountered across all value chains and sectors in NER: connectivity and logistics, and product standards and quality infrastructure. To ground the policy in specific contexts, the team studied four sectors in depth: fruits and vegetables, spices, bamboo and related products, and medical tourism. Playing to Strengths lays out an initial policy framework for NER that integrates demand and supply and shows that, even with a low base in manufacturing, NER can leverage its strengths in agriculture and services to step up its growth. However, implementing this framework will require a different approach to doing business compared with the existing ecosystem and its associated value chains, which are mostly geared to local and/or price-conscious consumers. In capitalizing on its advantages, NER will not only accelerate its own development, but also will play an increasingly critical role in the government of India’s “Act East” policy.




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Chapter 1. A Policy Framework to Build on Northeast India’s Strengths
(Sanjay Kathuria and Priya Mathur)Favorable dynamics Approach of the analysis • Toward a policy framework • Maximizing the impact of connectivity investments • Adopting a demand-based approach to product standards • Creating and leveraging “Brand North East” • Conclusion • Annex 1A: High-impact value chains in selected sectors in the North Eastern Region of India • Annex 1B: Value chain interventions and farmer empowerment for greater returns—Example from a World Bank project in Haiti • Notes • References

Chapter 2. The Promise of Northeast India (Thirumalai G. Srinivasan) Introduction • Development outcomes and potential causes • Welfare consequences of geographic isolation • Leveraging NER’s strengths for higher growth and more inclusion • Annex 2A: Tables • Annex 2B: Structure of gross state domestic product • Notes • References

Chapter 3. Connectivity Assessment (Prabir De and Charles Kunaka) Strategic context • The connectivity of NER • Economic links between NER and neighboring economies • Physical connectivity between NER and neighboring economies • Conclusions and policy options • Annex 3A: NER’s trade with Bangladesh, 2015–16 • Notes • References

Chapter 4. Quality Standards and Procedures (Michael Friis Jensen) Introduction • Model for discussing evolving safety and quality standards • Production and trading structures in NER • Standards and related procedures • Value chain interventions • Conclusions and policy options • Notes • References




About the Editors:

Sanjay Kathuria is Lead Economist and Coordinator, South Asia Regional Integration, in the World Bank’s Macroeconomics, Trade, and Investment Global Practice, based in Washington, DC. During his more than 27 years at the World Bank, he has worked in several regions, including Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in New Delhi. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, and he received his master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics and his doctorate from Oxford University. His research interests include economic growth, international trade and trade policy, economic integration, competitiveness, technology development, fiscal policy, and financial sector development.

Priya Mathur has been working in development as an economist. Currently, she works with the World Bank on international trade and regional integration, global value chains, and entrepreneurship. She has also worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. In that role, she has worked with firms in telecommunications and in banking and asset management. She has an M.Phil and a master’s degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics in Delhi; she graduated from the Post Graduate Program in Management at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.

Target Audience:

This book is for the people interested in poverty, logistics, value chain and connectivity of North East India.

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