A free trade agreement could bring the economic and social development benefits of global value chains to Central Asia.
Traditional cost-benefit analysis tends to undervalue long-term investments, especially in natural capital. Discount rates often overlook impacts beyond 20 years. To rectify this, we need policies that prioritize long-term sustainability.
Economic corridors have the potential to bridge infrastructure gaps, foster industrial growth, and promote economic diversification, playing a pivotal role in propelling Asia towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth trajectory.
Boosting female participation in digital and financial technologies through science, technology, engineering, and math education will help overcome gender biases in the workforce and business environment of Asia and the Pacific.
Retail bonds provide stability, attract individual investors, and support financial literacy in Asia's growing bond market.
Countries can narrow economic and social inequalities, and deliver on long-term commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights, by prioritizing universal health care.
Cambodia is about to graduate from least developed country status. It should accelerate trade reforms to address the challenges its new status will bring.
Hong Kong, China’s tax system and prudent approach to fiscal policy are two pillars of its success. Despite this, aging and climate change will require tax reforms to ensure fiscal sustainability and competitiveness.
A safe work environment and women’s economic autonomy are drivers of growth and good development. They also protect girls and women from violence.
Sexual and gender minorities, sometimes identified under the umbrella terms SOGIESC and LGBTQI+, have special needs in terms of sanitation. Many of these can be met with some basic actions by governments and the private sector in Asia and the Pacific.