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Review of Developments in Transport in Asia and the Pacific 2017

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ThIs review discusses the key contribution of transport to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific. It looks at emerging trends in transport in the region and presents initiatives that are making transport systems cleaner, safer, more efficient, and more affordable. It provides an update on the status of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks, seaports, airports as well as progress in the development of intermodal linkages such as dry ports. It describes regional strategies and mechanisms to facilitate regional transport operational connectivity. The Review reports on the initiatives of the cities of the region to stem the social and economic losses from increasing congestion and pollution. It acknowledges the increasing role of intelligent transport systems for urban and intercity mobility and recognizes the role of rural accessibility It also reports the region’s greater interest and the need in further improving road safety.

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Regional transport infrastructure connectivity

The successful definition and formalization of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks has played a major role in bringing about a new approach by member States to include an international dimension in the planning of their transport infrastructure. In addition, the identification of a set of dry ports of international importance has facilitated the implementation of the two networks and their integration with ports and other modes. This has enabled the region to accommodate increasing volumes of international trade on mostly existing infrastructure as well as contributed towards aggregating disparate infrastructure systems into a common regional network to serve the region’s economic integration, strengthen future economic growth and facilitate the exchange of goods and services.

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