Title The WEB of Transport Corridors in South Asia
Author Asian Development Bank, UKAID, JICA, World Bank Group
ISBN 9781464812156
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 284
Book size 203 X 267 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher The World Bank
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The WEB of Transport Corridors in South Asia develops a holistic appraisal methodology to ensure that economic benefits of investments in transport corridors are amplified and more widely spread, and possible negative impacts such as congestion, environmental degradation, and other unintended consequences are minimized. It focuses on South Asia—not only as one of the world’s most populous and poorest regions—but as a hinge between East Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.

The book is aimed at politicians, technocrats, civil society organizations, and businesses. It presents case studies of past and recent corridor initiatives, provides rigorous analysis of the literature on the spatial impact of corridors, and offers assessments of corridor investment projects supported by international development organizations. A series of spotlights examines such issues as private sector co-investment; the impacts of corridors on small enterprises and women; and issues with implementing cross-border corridors.

The “WEB” in the title stands for both the wider economic benefits (WEB) that transport corridors are expected to generate and the complex web of transport corridors that has been proposed. The appraisal methodology introduced in this book shows how the web of interconnected elements around corridors can be disentangled and the most promising corridor proposals—the ones with the greatest wider economic benefits—can be selected.




Overview • From Transport to Wider Economic Benefits • Achieving Wider Economic Benefits: FIT-2-Deeds • Main Takeaways for Practitioners • References


Chapter 1: Insights into Regional Integration from Three Historical Transport Corridors in South Asia • Mughal India, circa 1700: A Corridor Linking South and Central Asia • Bengal and the East India Company, 1745-1813: The Triangular Trade between Britain, India, and China • Railroads of the British Raj, 1853-1929: Changing the Technology of Trading on the Subcontinent • The Three Historical Cases Share Commonalities with One Another and with Modern Transport Corridors • Notes • References

Chapter 2: Insights into Regional Integration from Two Contemporary Transport Corridors in East Asia • Vietnam’s National Highway No. 5, Industrial Anchors, and Local Spillovers • Malaysia’s Experience with Integrating Rural Areas and Industrialized Trade Hubs • Notes • References


Chapter 3: Can Transport Corridor Projects Produce Wider Economic Benefits? Evidence from International Development Organizations • Conceptual Framework • Sample Selection and Summary Statistics • Maximizing the Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors • Conclusion • Notes • References • Spotlight 1 Financing Priority Transport Corridors in South Asia • Spotlight 2 Private Investment in Corridor Infrastructure • Spotlight 3 The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Developing South Asia’s Corridors

Chapter 4: Learning from the Literature about the Estimated Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors • Framework for Structuring the Literature Review • Methodology • Descriptive Statistics • Meta-Regression Analysis • Main Insights and Directions for Future Research • Notes • References • Spotlight 4 The Impact of Highways on Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises: Anecdotal Evidence from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and India • Spotlight 5 Do Highways Help Women?


Chapter 5: Appraising Transport Corridors in Japan, Europe, and Thailand • Appraising the Pacific Belt Zone Initiative: The Engine for Japan’s Industrialization • Understanding the Wider Economic Benefits of Europe’s High-Speed Train Projects • Thailand, the Detroit of the East? • Notes • References • Spotlight 6 Appraising Proposed Transport Corridors Using Spatial Econometrics • Spotlight 7 Agriculture Finance and Technical Assistance to Enhance the Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Connectivity for Rural Areas

Chapter 6: An Illustrative Appraisal of Complementary Interventions to Enhance the Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors • A Multi-Step Methodology Was Used to Estimate the Wider Economic Benefits of Highways in India • The Wider Economic Benefits of Highways Are Estimated Using District-Level Data • Estimation Results for the Two Existing Highways in India • The Simulated Impacts of Two Proposed Corridors: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and the Kolkata-Dhaka Corridor • Conclusion • Notes • References • Spotlight 8 Cross-Border Infrastructure Projects: Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Unrealized Sava Waterways Rehabilitation Program in Southeast Europe • Spotlight 9 The Influx of Workers and Followers in a Transport Project: Lessons in Gender Risks from a Road Project in Uganda

Target Audience:

This book will be useful to politicians, technocrats, civil society organizations, and business men.

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