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Regional connectivity for shared prosperity

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As networks in the Asian and Pacific region become increasingly integrated and interdependent, the future of regional connectivity will depend on how closely Asia-Pacific countries work together. Regional strategies presented in this Theme Study can be the basis for this cooperation. However, success will depend on strengthening institutional coordination between Governments, both across sectors and across borders. Greater cooperation is also needed to identify new sources of finance for developing regional networks. To move the region's connectivity agenda forward, Government should enlist the support of the private sector, academia and civil society, which are the ambassadors and potential beneficiaries of enhanced regional connectivity.

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Executive summary

Over the past 50 years, the Asia-Pacific region has experienced unprecedented economic growth. That growth, along with better standards of education and health, has contributed to dramatic falls in poverty. However, the region’s growing prosperity has not been shared equally, and there are clear signs of rising income inequality, both within and between countries. Inequality is also becoming more pronounced in other ways, in terms of access to transport, information and communications technology (ICT) and energy resources, for example.

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