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ADB Urges Asia to Take Advantage of Global Value Chain Opportunities

Asian economies—having reaped substantial gains from global value chains in the past 25 years—can extend these gains if governments and business work together to reduce tariffs and non-tariff trade barriers, and improve logistics and transport infrastructure, says a new ADB report.

Developing Asia Fastest Growing Region as Key Economies Advance Reforms

Developing Asia remains the fastest growing region globally despite slower-than-expected growth in major industrial countries as key economies in the region move ahead with structural reforms, says a new ADB report.

Bhutan Prime Minister Visits ADB to Celebrate Three-Decade Partnership

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay visited ADB today to discuss the country’s more than three-decade-long relationship with the Bank with ADB President Takehiko Nakao. During the visit, the Prime Minister spoke to the Board of Directors and addressed ADB’s staff as part of its Eminent Speaker Forum on “Bhutan’s Economic Vision: Prosperity for All.” He also launched a book on Bhutan’s drive for improved governance.

ADB Launches Asia Women Leaders Program

ADB today launched the Asia Women Leaders Program to address a glaring absence of women from leadership roles in Asia and the Pacific.

New ADB Office to Provide Independent PPP Transaction Advisory Services

ADB today opened a new office to provide governments with independent advice on shaping public-private partnerships (PPPs), a key conduit for greater infrastructure investment in developing Asia.

Bhutan Gains Ground on Gender Equality But Challenges Remain in Key Areas

Bhutan’s drive for gender equality has made good headway in recent decades but the country’s women still lag men in many areas, including in tertiary education, employment, and leadership posts in government, says a new ADB report.

Broader View of Poverty Underscores Critical Long-Term Challenge—ADB

Poverty will remain a critical challenge for Asia and the Pacific in the coming decades, requiring a greater focus on efforts to address food insecurity and economic vulnerability, says a new ADB report.

Climate Change May Slash 9% From South Asia’s Economy By 2100–Report

Climate change will slash up to 9% off the South Asian economy every year by the end of this century if the world continues on its current fossil-fuel intensive path. The human and financial toll could be even higher if the damage from floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events is included.

Melting Glaciers, Climate Extremes Threaten Bhutan’s Future–Report

Melting glaciers and other climate change-linked extremes pose a serious threat to Bhutan’s economy, and could cause annual losses of over 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of this century, says a new ADB climate and economics report for South Asia.

Conflict between Brown and Green Growth Can Be Narrowed, Says Study

Asia’s governments must make tough choices in energy investments that can provide affordable energy while meeting pressing environmental objectives, especially on climate change, says a study by ADB's Independent Evaluation Department.