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Feb 21, 2021

Self-employed rural Indian women learn how to carry out basic online transactions. Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

Hundreds of thousands of Indian women are learning to market themselves and sell products online, with the support of a digital literacy project managed by the World Bank.

Women...

Feb 08, 2021

The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Philippine National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) signed a new, five-year bilateral assistance agreement valued at more than Php7.25 billion ($150 million) to protect the Philippine environment.

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Feb 01, 2021

Although Tonga, an archipelago in the South Pacific, has so far avoided COVID-19 cases, the pandemic has hit the economy hard along with the entire region, and helped Tongans become more resilient and less reliant on expensive food imports.

COVID-related travel restrictions, and increasing prices of imports...

Jan 10, 2021

Brunei’s ministry of finance and economy has unveiled the Brunei Darussalam Economic Blueprint on January 6, a strategic paper which sets goals to help the country move from an economy highly dependent on oil and gas to a “dynamic and sustainable economy.“

The blueprint is part of the country’s economic...

Jan 05, 2021

JAKARTA, 23 December 2020 – The ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information (AMRI) endorsed the Framework for Promoting Accessibility for All in ASEAN Digital Broadcasting on 14 December.

Dec 28, 2020

Vietnam has been ranked fifth in the world for digital evolution momentum by the 2020 Digital Intelligence Index, a ranking conducted by Massachusetts-based Fletcher School and Mastercard which surveyed digitisation of 90 economies using 160 key indicators of digital development across four key drivers.

Dec 28, 2020

Laos saw its first expressway, the Vientiane-Vang Vieng Expressway, officially being opened on December 20.

The 110-kilometer four-lane stretch is part of the planned China-Laos expressway, which eventually would connect the Lao capital with the country’s northern border town of Boten at an approximate...

Dec 22, 2020

• Two novel discoveries led by Singapore team
• Sets pace for targeted therapy development among those diagnosed

Dec 12, 2020

Two red-shanked douc langurs in the nature reserve of Sơn Trà in Đà Nẵng city. The primate is endangered. — Photo courtesy of GreenViet

ĐÀ NẴNG — The European Union (EU) is funding a biodiversity protection and environmental sustainability project in central Đà Nẵng City in 42 months from July 2020, to the...

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 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 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 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 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.

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...