South Asia Regional Infrastructure Connectivity (SARIC) is an initiative funded by the Australian Government. SARIC supports the overall goal to deepen economic linkages and support regional prosperity and inclusive growth. The opportunities under SARIC will support in enabling more, better-quality and socially inclusive connectivity infrastructure in South Asia, with a focus on the energy and transport sector. SARIC countries include Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
SARIC builds on Australia’s longstanding investment in South Asian infrastructure and trade facilitation, and the well-earned reputation for innovation in infrastructure policy, including asset recycling and public-private partnerships. The program will make Australian infrastructure expertise available to the region in engineering, construction, finance, public-private partnership, public policy and law. Australia’s investment in SARIC reflects the increasing importance of South Asia in the global economy, and the potential for Australian expertise and enterprise to contribute to the region’s growth.