South Asia is a region of marked contrasts: from conflict-affected areas to vibrant democracies, from demographic bulges to ageing societies, from energy crises to global companies. The region has witnessed significant changes since the last two decades. Despite its impressive economic growth, South Asia Region faces many hurdles on its way of development. A combination of uneven economic growth, rising population, low literacy rate, slow and messy urbanisation and huge infrastructure gap makes a bumpy road to development from economic front. In addition to the economic problems, the region is also plagued by social, political, environmental and climatic problems. These socio-political issues hinder the peace and prosperity of the region. It is grounded that making ways towards prosperity will substantiate endeavours towards peace.
A World Bank report suggests that South Asia has an opportunity to become the manufacturing hub of the world; but achieving this will require boosting competitiveness. South Asia’s diversity in ethnicity, language and religion can be used as strength in shaping economic behaviour. South Asia comprising of different communities should come up with entrepreneurial solution for peace and prosperity of this region. In South Asia, as in other regions, globalisation has given rise to new industries and created new employment opportunities. Though globalisation created new opportunities for South Asian Countries but it also created new challenges and crises. If the countries in South Asia forego their historical and geopolitical differences and present a collective front; the region can emerge as an integrated peaceful and democratic society.
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