ADB grants to boost Lao tourism, city services

ADB grants to boost Lao tourism, city services

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Laos signed grant agreements on October 16 worth $125.5 million in total for three projects in the tourism and urban sectors. “Vibrant, liveable cities and towns play an important role in the development of industry and services, particularly manufacturing, agro-business, and tourism”, said Yasushi Negishi, ADB […]

Big data: five ways tech is making Asean governments more effective

Big data: five ways tech is making Asean governments more effective

A new study contends that technology can greatly improve the effectiveness of governance, and a new assessment of Asean governments has been made with tech factored in. The World Governance Indicators, compiled by The World Bank, ranked governments on a scale  of 0 to 100 in terms of government effectiveness. Singapore scored a 100, while […]

Inequality, Migration, & Industry 4.0 Challenge GMS Prosperity

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Inequality, Migration, & Industry 4.0 Challenge GMS Prosperity

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries have made stunning progress over the past quarter century. Once plagued by poverty, they are now economic success stories. The GMS Economic Cooperation Program (GECP) has contributed significantly to this transformation. Since it was established in 1992 as a means to enhance economic relations and promote regional cooperation, its […]

Technology Boosting Green Growth in The GMS

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Technology Boosting Green Growth in The GMS

In the last 20 years, rapid economic growth in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has reduced poverty and brought prosperity to many of its 420 million people. Much of the growth has relied on natural resources, which generate up to half of total wealth in some GMS countries. But the “grow-now-clean-up-later” approach has worsened environmental […]

Cambodia’s Increasing Prosperity: Domestic Hurdles Ahead

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Cambodia’s Increasing Prosperity: Domestic Hurdles Ahead

Cambodia recently made the transition from a low income to a lower middle-income country, according to the World Bank’s rankings. This is good news, but it poses a question: does Cambodia need to rethink its model of export-driven economic growth, as preferential access for its exports to developed countries is gradually reduced, or as aid flows diminish? The answer […]

$26 trillion Needed to Meet Asia’s Infrastructure Needs to 2030

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$26 trillion Needed to Meet Asia’s Infrastructure Needs to 2030

Infrastructure is essential for development. Roads, railways, ports, and power supplies have helped drive Asia’s growth, allowing its people to get to work and its products to reach markets. For this momentum to continue the region’s existing stock of infrastructure must be upgraded. A new generation of transport networks, energy facilities, and water and sanitation […]

$70 million: ADB Funds Upgrade to Cambodia Roads in GMS

$70 million: ADB Funds Upgrade to Cambodia Roads in GMS

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $70 million loan to help provide a more efficient, safe, and disaster resilient transport sector in Cambodia, particularly by improving national roads in the provinces of Prey Veng, Siem Reap, and Svay Rieng along the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Southern Economic Corridor. “In Cambodia […]

Trust, Communication, Data, Behind Nam Ngum Basin Success

Trust, Communication, Data, Behind Nam Ngum Basin Success

Construction of the Nam Ngum hydropower plant started in 1968. Harnessing the power of the country’s largest watershed, the first hydropower plant in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic was producing 30 megawatts of electricity within four years. Today it sits at the base of a still growing hydropower cascade comprising four active power plants that […]

Food Security Challenges Asia’s Rising Prosperity

Food Security Challenges Asia’s Rising Prosperity

Asia’s economic growth over the last decade has been relentless, bringing with it a rising population and an influx of people from the countryside to the cities in search of prosperity. These trends are not expected to abate. By 2025 the total population of the Asia Pacific region should reach about 4.4 billion. And over […]

ADB Lends $123 Mil To Upgrade Manila’s Water Supply

ADB Lends $123 Mil To Upgrade Manila’s Water Supply

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $123.3 million loan for a new water tunnel to help modernise Manila’s water supply, reducing the risk of shortages as demand for water rises in tandem with the city’s booming population. According to Paul van Klaveren, senior urban development specialist with ADB’s Southeast Asia Department: “The Angat […]

ADB Approves Record $27 Billion in 2015

ADB Approves Record $27 Billion in 2015

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADBs) operations – comprising loan approvals and grants, technical assistance, and cofinancing – reached an all-time high of US$ 27.15 billion in 2015, an increase of about 19 per cent over the $22.89 billion in 2014, according to provisional figures released today. The ADBs approvals of loans and grants, sovereign (government) and […]