January 2013

  • Living a carbon neutral lifestyle

    By Vinod Thomas on Wednesday, 30 January 2013

    Asia symbolizes the striking progress that has been achieved in reducing poverty but also the daunting gaps in environmental destruction and climate change. It’s rightly said that the war on climate change will be won or lost in Asia. The Asian Development Bank is uniquely positioned not only to support a more environmentally sustainable development agenda but also to lead in important aspects of this endeavor.

  • Reforms high on agenda of People’s Republic of China’s new leaders

    By on Monday, 28 January 2013

    In March 2013, the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) will convene to appoint the new General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping as President. At the same time, Li Keqiang is expected to be confirmed as Premier heading a newly appointed State Council.

  • Why Should People’s Republic of China Unlock Services?

    By Yolanda Fernandez Lommen on Friday, 25 January 2013

    A well-developed services sector plays a major role in improving production efficiency and promoting technical progress and innovation. The services sector has expanded rapidly in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since economic reform was launched in 1979, and particularly after PRC joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, the size of the sector as a share of GDP appears to be significantly smaller than expected based on PRC's income level and development stage.

  • Pupils of the Jurong Primary School in Singapore. Singaporeans typically start primary schooling at age 7. Photo by Lester V. Ledesma for ADB, 2011.

    Developed East Asia soars in math and science test results

    By Bart Édes on Wednesday, 09 January 2013

    Students from developed East Asia are leading the world in math and science according to just-published results of exams delivered to 600,000 fourth grade students in more than 60 countries and territories including many OECD members.

  • Should the Eurozone Crisis Dissuade Asia from Integrating?

    By Ramesh Subramaniam on Monday, 07 January 2013

    I have a straight answer and a caveat. The answer is: Definitely Not. The caveat is: integration is a long-term process. Over time, Asia definitely needs to become more integrated in order to sustain its growth as well as its contribution to global growth. In the medium-term, Asia should exert concerted efforts to continuously boost regional cooperation.

  • As part of a study on ADB's Social Protection Strategy, the Independent Evaluation Department (IED) conducted a field visit in Cebu City, Philippines, to draw lessons from a cash transfer program funded by the World Bank and ADB. Photo Credit: Nadejda Kondratiev

    A call for stronger social protection

    By Vinod Thomas on Thursday, 03 January 2013

    Social protection is moving up in the global development agenda with good reason. Sweeping social and demographic changes will be an unstoppable driver of demand for governments to provide social protection—as will widening wealth gaps, economic crises, and, especially in Asia and the Pacific, the increased severity of natural disasters.