CAREC countries are making progress toward enabling e-commerce as automation improves, infrastructure spreads to rural areas, and regional cooperation promotes cross-border exchanges.
As wages and other business costs increase in East Asia, there is an incentive for some supply chains in food processing and garments to shift to Africa.
The traditional bags are a crucial source of livelihood for PNG women, providing many their first opportunity to enter the formal economy and escape rural poverty.
If Malaysia truly wants to reach high-income countries, it must first arrest and then reverse its structural regression, and improve the business environment to revive private investment in manufacturing.
Achieving full and free movement of goods, capital, and people within the ASEAN Economic Community is a long process that must continue beyond 2015.
Even if their agendas seem alike, neither the content of the Trans-Pacific Partnership nor the process of the talks can provide a positive stimulus for the Doha Development Agenda trade negotiations.
The announcement that the People's Republic of China will set up a national emissions trading market in 2017 is a game-changer that could prompt similar moves elsewhere.
The ADB-supported Skills Development Project in Nepal is conducting training courses for masons to learn how to build houses to make them more resilient to future natural hazards like the 2015 earthquake.
To avoid heavy-handed state intervention in small businesses, we need to think of new ways to make it easier for SMEs to obtain credit from commercial banks in ASEAN economies.
We need to make the best possible use of all financial instruments in our national and regional tool boxes so SMEs in Asia can continue driving national economies, providing jobs, and becoming globally competitive.