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BBIN Corridor - Game Changer

For India, its landlocked northeast will breathe new opportunities and India’s Act East policy will gain a new energy writes G. Padmaja for South Asia Monitor

The agreement was signed after Pakistan was seen to have shot down a motor vehicles agreement (MVA) at the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) summit in Kathmandu last November.  

 This major initiative between sub-grouping of four SAARC nations, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) is expected to pave the way for a seamless movement of people and goods across their borders for the benefit and integration of the region

  Improvements in Bhutan's infrastructure will help improve and diversify the economy, said Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Wencai Zhang
A landmark agreement is expected to pave the way for regional integration.  

The BBIN MVA looks at regulation of passenger, personal and cargo movement thereby facilitating trade and investment in the sub-region

Agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal marks a new sub-regional framework. East South Asia’s moment is now upon us. Delhi, for its part, must lend full support to Dhaka’s leadership of the BBIN forum
To sustain the present momentum countries should work on resolving some of the gaps in the treaty so that it does not face the same fate of SAARC writes Joyeeta Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor  
The conclusion of the BBIN-MVA will ensure that the SAARC members would have assessed the potential benefits that connectivity and integration brings to South Asia writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor  
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 The expansion of sub-regional connectivity is about to open the floodgate of trade opportunities, increase investment and strengthen people-to-people relations writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor


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