$49 mln ADB package to boost rural hygiene for 400,000 in Cambodia

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$49 mln ADB package to boost rural hygiene for 400,000 in Cambodia

A $49 million financing package from the the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help the Cambodia Government in achieving its 2025 goal of providing universal access to improved water supply and sanitation services in the country’s rural areas. The Third Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Services Sector Development Program (RWSSS-SDP) will benefit more than 400,000 […]

$200mln from ADB to develop Indonesian higher education & skills

$200mln from ADB to develop Indonesian higher education & skills

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $200 million loan to upgrade four higher education institutions in Indonesia and improve the technical and vocational training programmes that will help youth obtain the job skills needed in the evolving global economy. The Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Sustainable Growth (AKSSG) Project will improve the quality […]

Philippines gets $300 million PPP infrastructure loan

Philippines gets $300 million PPP infrastructure loan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved a $300 million loan on August 20 to support the Philippines’ efforts to strengthen private sector participation in the government’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) infrastructure development programme. Government reforms supported by the ADB under the Expanding Private Participation in Infrastructure Program (EPPIP) subprogram 2 seek to create the enabling […]

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 […]