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South Asia's Turn : Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2149
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South Asia Development Matters
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Lopez-Acevedo, Gladys
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Medvedev, Denis
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Palmade, Vincent
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2016-09-28T16:52:04Z
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2016-09-28T16:52:04Z
dc.date.issued
2016-10-06
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South Asia has a huge need to create more and better jobs for a growing population – especially in the manufacturing industries where it is underperforming as compared to East Asia. The report examines three critical and relatively understudied drivers of competitiveness: Economies of agglomeration: firms and workers accrue benefits from locating close together in cities or clusters through urbanization and localization. Participation in global value chains: stronger competitive pressures weed out least productive firms while others improve by gaining access to new knowledge and better inputs. Firm capabilities: in order to operate close to what would be considered optimum efficiency levels given the prevailing factor prices and thus employ South Asia’s abundant labor. The report entails four case studies of critical industries: apparel (based on the “Stitches to Riches” World Bank report), automotive, electronics and agribusiness. The report also draws on relevant good practices from around the world. The report shows that South Asia has great untapped competitiveness potential (including in all four industries studied). Realizing this potential would require the governments in the region to pursue second generation trade policy reforms for firms to better contribute to and benefit from global value chains (e.g. facilitating imports for exporters), to facilitate the development of industrial clusters in secondary cities (cheaper and less congested than the metros) as well as to deploy policies to improve the capabilities of firms, especially SMEs.
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978-1-4648-0973-6
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/25094
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English
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en_US
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Washington, DC: World Bank
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South Asia Development Matters;
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
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EXPORTS
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LABOR
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APPAREL
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AGRIBUSINESS
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PRODUCTIVITY
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CAPITAL
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AUTOMOTIVE
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YOUTH
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COMPETITIVENESS
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MANUFACTURING
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ELECTRONICS
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WAGES
dc.title
South Asia's Turn
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dc.title.subtitle
Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse
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dc.type
Book
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25119 Automotive Case Study
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25117 Apparel Case Study
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25118 Electronics Case Study
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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/25116 Agribusiness Case Study
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2016-10-06
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Publication
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http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/sar/publication/south-asias-turn-policies-to-boost-competitiveness-and-create-the-next-export-powerhouse
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yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/978-1-4648-0973-6
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210973
okr.identifier.report
115406
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true
okr.language.supported
en
okr.region.administrative
South Asia
okr.region.geographical
South Asia
okr.topic
International Economics and Trade
okr.unit
GTC06

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