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Seeking Youth Help to Tackle South Asian Cooperation Issues

January 8, 2014: World Bank came up with the new concept of solving the cooperation issues on regional level in South Asia. The concept includes youth and youngsters from various South Asian countries to come forward and lend a helping hand in the issues that surround the countries in this region.

Step by step instructions to handle these issues and help South Asia expand the additions from such participation were examined a week ago in Lahore, Pakistan by a gathering of maturing junior South Asian people. Facilitated together by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Lahore School of Economics (LSE), the tenth Annual South Asian Economics Students Meet united 82 undergraduates of trade and profit college scholars from around South Asia. With groups of 10 students each, undergrads from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India (two groups), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and to many people's surprise, Afghanistan met and interfaced over a week-in which they took time to understand each other and to find ways to make their countries unite on a regional level.

This conference was held in Lahore and was marked as the 10th annual session of World Bank Policy competition. The main aim of having this conference in Pakistan, was to share and discuss the research and more ideas related to the cooperation issues of South Asian countries. This time the number of countries swelled from 4 to 7 in the region and the discussion that took place over a week, 82 top online universities in Dubai undergraduates participated.

The meeting of students across the region was also an eye opener for many as meeting face to face changed their pre-conceived notions about each other and gave them a chance to interact and see how similar they are. This was a good gesture and understanding each other is the first step in the process of cooperation and dialogue. It is ironic to see that despite of sharing the same history, culture, heritage and many other factors, this region remains the most disputed one and the least coordinated ones.

The cost of being less united and regionally coordinated is bore by the poor and weak of these countries. Being rich in resources especially human resource, these countries can have maximum gains from trade and discussions.  But the hurdles in the cooperation have put a halt on the progress and gains that would have otherwise be achieved from regional cooperation.

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