Features

Infographic: ADO Update 2012 - Services and Asia's Future Growth

Service sector development will be the central theme of Asia's structural change in the coming years. Rising income levels and rapid expansion of the middle class are driving the demand for services, and some countries are at or approaching the post-industrial stage where services typically assume a bigger role.

Data and Statistics about Pensions and Aging in Asia

This feature provides a snapshot, by the numbers, of the key issues discussed in ADB's book, Pension Systems in East and Southeast Asia: Promoting Fairness and Sustainability.

Infographic: Greater Mekong Subregion - Twenty Years of Partnership

In 1992, six countries were brought together into a program of economic cooperation. 20 years later, what has the Greater Mekong Subregion achieved?

Infographic: Infrastructure Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Over the course of two decades, the GMS Program has invested about $15 billion in projects covering subregional roads, airports and railways, power facilities, tourism infrastructure, and communicable disease prevention.

Countries of the Mekong River: The Greater Mekong Subregion

The six member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion Program mark 20 years of economic cooperation in 2012.

Blueprint for a Stable Rice Market in Southeast Asia

ASEAN nations can help avoid world rice price shocks by reducing export restrictions, placing less emphasis on self-sufficiency, retooling Thailand's rice pledging program, and expanding coordinated rice policies with India and Pakistan, according to a series of working papers from ADB.

Food Security in Asia: The 2007–2008 Food Price Crisis

To avoid a repeat of the rice price crisis, ASEAN member countries formulated the ASEAN Integrated Food Security Framework with a Strategic Plan of Action that focuses on establishing a regional emergency rice reserve, facilitating regional rice trade, developing an ASEAN food security information system, and pursuing innovations through research and development.

Lao People's Democratic Republic and Viet Nam: Fighting Sexually Transmitted Infections

ADB and World Vision Australia are using media productions as a tool to increase awareness of the risks of sexually transmitted infections among indigenous communities in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) and Viet Nam.

In Thailand, One of the World’s Largest Solar Energy Farms

In Thailand, one of the world's largest solar farms is not only relieving the Kingdom of its reliance on imported fossil fuels but also benefiting the communities in its neighborhood through increased labor and education opportunities.

Ensuring Food Security for Asia and the Pacific

Food security depends on trade as much as it does on production. Rice is a staple food in Asia, and around 90% of all rice is produced and consumed in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. ADB’s agriculture advisor Lourdes Adriano talks about the agenda for the first ASEAN Rice Trade Forum.