June 2016

  • A truly global energy project in Uzbekistan

    By Sean M. O’Sullivan on Thursday, 30 June 2016

    Sean O’Sullivan, ADB Director General for Central and West Asia, gives an update on a $1.2 billion project to improve the electricity supply with two giant gas turbines in Uzbekistan.

  • ADB Country Director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama hands over a cheque to a representative of a small farmers’ cooperative as Chair of Small Farmers Development Bank Khem Bahadur Pathak (extreme left) and Joint Finance Secretary Suresh Acharya (middle) look on.

    Microloans start flowing to quake-affected families in Nepal

    By Mayumi Ozaki on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    Microfinance provides post-disaster relief and support quickly, reduces the cost of recovery financing, reduces aid dependency, and builds long-term resilience.

  • Products from Akay Flavors & Aromatics, an inclusive business company in India.

    Tackling the risk or ‘perceived risk’ of inclusive business investments

    By Armin Bauer, Caroline Ashley on Wednesday, 29 June 2016

    When risk mitigation processes are put in place, inclusive business deals are no more risky than other investments – it’s is just a different kind of risk.

  • The 5th meeting of the SASEC Customs Subgroup took place in May in the Maldives.

    Why we should be happy when SASEC customs officials talk more

    By Rose McKenzie on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

    More coordination and cooperation at the borders will create greater efficiencies that are passed on to traders so business becomes faster and cheaper – a cross-border win-win situation for all in South Asia.

  • A street vendor does business from his roadside stall in Melaka, Malaysia.

    Go back to basics to help ASEAN SMEs benefit from AEC

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 27 June 2016

    There is no single or simple solution to ensure SMEs benefit from regional integration schemes – ASEAN economies need to fix key productivity, regulatory, infrastructure, and financing gaps.

  • Elevated walkways keep pedestrians high above the rush hour traffic in Bangkok.

    ACT now to avoid being stuck in traffic

    By Sharad Saxena on Friday, 24 June 2016

    Avoid, curb and transit travel to get our cities moving again.

  • Engineers conduct surveying for a regional road project in Uzbekistan.

    Building infrastructure for Asia requires fresh thinking

    By Bambang Susantono on Thursday, 23 June 2016

    Our experience in the PRC, India and Indonesia demonstrates there are six key issues to bear in mind on what kind of infrastructure we build, and how we finance and build it.

  • ADB seal outside ADB headquarters in Manila.

    The unique role of development banks in inclusive business

    By Caroline Ashley on Wednesday, 22 June 2016

    Development finance institutions can support inclusive business, but mainly as brokers to build an enabling environment for companies that want to provide profitable, long-term solutions to serve the needs of the poor.

  • Customs clearance in the PRC.

    TPP and RCEP – friends not foes

    By Ganeshan Wignaraja on Monday, 20 June 2016

    TPP and RCEP are not perfect, but they can unlock Asian trade liberalization and growth. Supporting open accession, an eventual Asia-Pacific FTA and complementary national policies will help achieve this end.

  • Producer and presenter at a radio station in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

    The road less taken: Gender inequality in Afghanistan, Pakistan

    By Imrana Jalal on Friday, 17 June 2016

    We have to help make it better to be a woman in Pakistan and Afghanistan, regardless of what our fathers think.

  • Officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal wave off cars showcasing the agreement.

    High hopes for BBIN vehicle agreement, one year on

    By Ronald Butiong on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

    We look forward to making more progress on implementing the pact for both passenger and freight vehicles to cross swiftly and easily between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.

  • A cook at the Yangguang Hotel in Taiyuan, PRC.

    Can services sustain the PRC's economic growth?

    By Donghyun Park on Wednesday, 15 June 2016

    Beijing must be far bolder if the services sector is to become a more powerful and sustainable engine of economic growth and job creation.

  • ADB supports an inclusive business project for small-scale hazelnut farmers in Bhutan.

    New report highlights key trends for inclusive business in Asia

    By Armin Bauer on Tuesday, 14 June 2016

    Inclusive business can address problems of the poor at scale in a sustainable, commercially viable way. But this approach is still a small niche, and scaling it up will require all actors to ‘up their game.’

  • Morgan Jennifer with her two children.

    Sri Lanka’s small Huluganga Bridge brings big benefits

    By Roshani Yogarajah on Friday, 10 June 2016

    The 36-meter concrete bridge has improved access to health and education services as well as created new business opportunities for local people in central Sri Lanka.

  • Giant manta ray surrounded by plastic trash. Photo by Nick Humphrey.

    Let's keep plastic out of the Coral Triangle

    By Haidy Ear-Dupuy on Thursday, 09 June 2016

    Pollution from plastic waste poses a grave threat to our marine ecosystem of the ‘Nursery of the Seas,’ as well as a food security risk for communities living in coastal areas.

  • A street level view of smog in Chongqing, PRC.

    Emission trading schemes, interlinking can curtail GHG emissions

    By Virender K. Duggal on Wednesday, 08 June 2016

    ETSs have enormous potential to help countries achieve their national climate goals, and reduce emissions in a cost-effective manner if interlinked with each other.

  • Tail of a sperm whale off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.

    Blog poll: Preserve our ocean to protect our life

    By Patrick Safran on Tuesday, 07 June 2016

    It is our collective responsibility to take care of and protect our oceans if we want to live longer, better, and healthier.

  • Electrical power transmission lines in the Hindu Kush.

    Anthropocene: Are we in the age of man?

    By Anuradha Rajivan on Monday, 06 June 2016

    Today’s human society does not have a symbiotic relationship with Nature as it intentionally alters natural processes, but whether or not it is a new epoch is not yet clear.

  • ADB Nepal Resident Mission staff with the team at the construction site.

    Light at the end of Nepal’s Melamchi tunnel

    By Laxmi Sharma on Friday, 03 June 2016

    By October 2017, we in Kathmandu will literally feel the snow-fed Melamchi water at our own taps. What a relief that’s going to be.

  • Electric car in India. Photo by Veeresh Malik

    Developing Asia can start an electric car revolution

    By Sohail Hasnie on Thursday, 02 June 2016

    We need to start adopting the electric car en masse at the bottom of the income pyramid in the region if we want to achieve real transformation in the clean energy sector.