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Nov 27, 2020

A new trade bloc covering a huge swathe of the Asia-Pacific region will play an important role in developing poorer economies and in post-pandemic stimulus, according to a report published on Monday by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership...

Nov 27, 2020

Greater Bay Area cooperation is boosting the development of a circular economy in the city and Mainland China.

Environmental issues were to the fore at the online Eco Asia Conference, organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It is one of the key events held...

Nov 20, 2020

Bishkek (ESCAP news) – Countries participating in the United Nations Special Programme for Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) have recognized the need for a more integrated approach towards structural economic transformation in order to build back better while staying on track to achieve the Sustainable Development...

Nov 14, 2020

The island is close to achieving its aim of meeting the power needs of a new generation of domestically relocated and overseas-headquartered high-tech manufacturers.

Since 2016, as part of a bid to meet rising demand from local and overseas‑invested businesses, Taiwan has been actively looking to develop its...

Nov 14, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread socio-economic impacts and disruptions across Asia-Pacific, high-level officials called for a rethink on the future development of sustainable transport connectivity and mobility in the region at the sixth session of the Committee...

Nov 14, 2020

Changhua's SDI Corporation used to be known for office staplers. How did this 67-year-old company transform from making stationery to becoming a vendor for Tesla?

The Changhua headquarters of SDI Corporation (順德工業) is just off Provincial Highway 14. Chen Wei-Te (陳維德), president of this former stationery...

Nov 06, 2020

Cambodia has become a new global hub for bicycle production, with 1.5 million units exported in the period between January and September, latest figures of the country’s ministry of commerce show.

According to the data, Cambodia shipped 1.5 million bicycles in the period, more than half of them to the...

Nov 06, 2020

BANGKOK, Nov. 6, 2020 -- Thailand plans to launch the Bang Sue Grand Station, its mega infrastructure project in 2021. The station is Thailand's next mega infrastructure project which will not only help ease Bangkok's traffic congestion, but also support the country's role as a regional transportation hub, Ministry...

Oct 30, 2020

Cinema operators in Malaysia decided to temporarily suspend operations at all their cinemas across the country, according to a statement by the Malaysian Association of Film Exhibitors (MAFE) on October 30.

MAFE announced it is collectively suspending operations, but will continue to monitor the Covid-19...

Oct 30, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – Eminent business leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region have expressed strong support for multilateralism and regional cooperation as well as increased public-private partnerships to build back better and more sustainably. They also underscored that as countries recover from the COVID-19...

Oct 30, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – As countries strive to build back better post COVID-19, sustainable urbanization can make cities change agents on solving the persistent problems of climate crisis, unsustainable resource use, widespread inequality, discrimination and injustice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Oct 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered government lockdowns, collapsed consumer demand, and disrupted imports of raw materials, battering the Asia Pacific garment industry especially hard, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The UN labour agency...

Oct 24, 2020

Seven of Korea’s ten most valuable companies are newcomers; in Taiwan, the number is zero out of ten. Taiwan’s economy and technology may seem to be in the lead, but is it really winning? A look at the respective lists of the ten most valuable companies reveals innovation in Korea, but only old faces in Taiwan. To...

Oct 09, 2020

The World Food Programme has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Problem:

• The world is moving in the wrong direction: hunger is on the rise. 690 million people are hungry and nearly all the world’s major food crises (10 out of 13 of them) are driven by conflict.

• Conflict and...

Oct 09, 2020

Conferences and exhibitions will play a key role in the sector’s revival in Hong Kong.

As the COVID-19 pandemic slashed international travel to near-zero for several months and local lockdowns crimped domestic options, tourism has been one of the hardest-hit industries. A United Nations World Tourism...

Oct 06, 2020

Faced with an existential crisis, the poor southern Taiwan county of Pingtung transformed its agricultural sector. How did they put Taiwan chocolate on the world stage?

As the car approached Neipu Township of Pingtung County, the view was full of tall, narrow betel palms. More than two decades ago, these...

Oct 06, 2020

For the first time in decades, Afghanistan has an opportunity for peace. The United States agreement to withdraw foreign troops and negotiations between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban set the stage to end the bitter conflict.

Oct 03, 2020

Chief executives of 110 companies in Thailand on Wednesday, have signed up to a new set of UN principles on women’s economic empowerment, pledging to improve gender equality in the boardroom, equal pay for equal work, and safer and more inclusive workplaces.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs),...

Sep 30, 2020

South Asia is an agrarian society with 70% of the region's population employed in the agriculture sector. Even though 31% of the world's rice and 18% of its wheat grow in South Asia, it is home to the largest number of undernourished people. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,...

Sep 29, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – After a long journey of more than a decade, Mongolia has formally acceded to the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA) today. APTA represents the first regional trade agreement of Mongolia with developing countries.

Sep 23, 2020

Bangkok (ESCAP news) – The Royal Government of Bhutan has announced its first sovereign bond to support the economy in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while diversifying financial sources. The new financing instrument supported by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP...

Sep 19, 2020

As international tourism flights remain mostly suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sightseeing flights have become very popular. Can such charter “flights to nowhere” actually save the airlines? How can Taiwan’s newest carrier, Starlux Airlines survive this crisis? Starlux Airlines Chairman Chang Kuo-wei is not...