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Why Should People’s Republic of China Unlock Services?

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.

Yolanda Fernandez Lommen

Asia needs to invest more in its people

Developing countries in the region have made good progress in increasing student enrollments and financing for education; however, heightened spending has not effectively translated into improved education outcomes. High dropout rates and low completion rates in education further exacerbate the situation in many countries.  

Jouko Sarvi

Students of Mechai Pattana Bamboo School in Buriram, Thailand

Educating the poor the social entrepreneurial way

In common with the best international schools, Year 10 students at the school established in Burriam, Thailand by former Senator Mechai Viravaidya, spend a year away from home (in this case, to the Thai beach resort area of Pattaya).  There they experience a different culture, gain independence, and develop teamwork as they transition to young adults. 

If data is not wisdom, then non-data certainly is not

Where hide the wise answers to questions vexing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy makers and practitioners in developing countries today? They ask, for example: will benefits outweigh costs of building a National Qualifications Framework. 

Skills in Asia: Shortages, gaps and mismatch

Even in countries with strongly performing, business-friendly economies, a positive relationship between education and training rates and employment outccomes is not automatic. We can clearly see this in Asia.