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South Asia Business

South Asia is home to over one fifth of the world's population, making it both the most populous and most densely populated geographical region in the world. Such demographics create both opportunity and challenges for South Asia Business. The region, according to the poverty data of World Bank, has more than 40% of the population living on less than the International Poverty Line of $1.25 per day (2005).

With sustained job growth and a substantial decrease in poverty, it is easy to see the potential for any business that gains a foothold on the subcontinent. While the challenge of creating employment and integrating into the world economy will be difficult, it is not insurmountable.  South Asia, after all, already uses English as its business language, while its knowledge based industries - such as software development and telecommunications - are amongst the world's best. Combine these benefits with a continual push to improve education, infrastructure and governance, and it is reasonable to expect growth rates for South Asia business to continue to exceed those of developed nations for decades to come.

 

South Asia

To explore the wide range of business opportunities throughout South Asia, use the drop down menu above, or simply scroll through the list of respective countries.

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Afghanistan

population (2011): 29,835,392

population growth rate: 2.375%

median age: 18.2 years

official languages: Dari, Pashto

area: 652,230 km² (251,827 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $900

key industries

  • agriculture, food products
  • small-scale production of textiles
  • apparel, shoes, carpets
  • mining (natural gas, coal, copper)
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Maldives

population (2011): 394,999

population growth rate: -0.151%

median age: 26.2 years

official language: Dhivehi

area: 298 km² (115 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $6,900

key industries

  • fishing, fish processing
  • coral and sand mining
  • garments, woven mats, rope
  • tourism, handicrafts

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Nepal

population (2011): 29,391,883

population growth rate: 1.596%

median age: 21.6 years

official language: Nepali

area: 147,181 km² (56,827 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $1,200

key industries

  • agriculture (jute, sugar, oilseed,..)
  • textile, carpet, cigarettes
  • cement and brick production
  • tourism
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Bangladesh

population (2011): 158,570,535

population growth rate: 1.566%

median age: 23.3 years

official language: Bangla

area: 143,998 km² (55,598 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $1,700

key industries

  • agriculture (jute, tea, sugar cane)
  • leather, cotton textiles, garments
  • light engineering
  • paper newsprint, fertilizer
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Pakistan

population (2011): 187,342,721

population growth rate: 1.573%

median age: 21.6 years

official languages: Urdu, English

area: 796,095 km² (307,374 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $2,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • textiles, clothing
  • pharmaceuticals, chemicals
  • construction material
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Bhutan

population (2011): 708,427

population growth rate: 1.201%

median age: 24.8 years

official language: Dzongkha

area: 38,394 km² (14,824 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $5,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food products
  • forestry, wood products
  • cement, steel, ferrosilicon
  • tourism, calcium carbide

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India

population (2011): 1,189,172,906

population growth rate: 1.344%

median age: 26.2 years

official languages: Hindi, English

area: 3,287,263 km² (1,269,219 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $3,500

key industries

  • agriculture, food processing
  • transport equipment, machinery
  • pharmaceuticals, chemicals
  • software, telecommunications
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Sri Lanka

population (2011): 21,283,913

population growth rate: 0.934%

median age: 30.8 years

official languages: Sinhala, Tamil

area: 65,610 km² (25,332 miles²)

GDP (PPP) per capita (2010): $5,000

key industries

  • agriculture, textiles, clothing
  • petro refining, rubber processing
  • insurance, banking
  • IT, telecommunications