Deepening intraregional trade and investment in South Asia: the case of the textiles and clothing industry

This paper draws on recent field work within South Asia and an extensive review of secondary data to examine the dynamics of cross border trade and investment in South Asia, exploring the potential for, and obstacles to, such trade through the lens of a sector that is salient throughout South Asia: textiles and clothing. Despite the growing competitiveness of this sector in the SAARC region, there is very little regional interlinkage within South Asia's textile and clothing industry.