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Regional cooperation and integration broadly continues to rise. While Asia’s intraregional trade share increased between 1990 and 2012, it ticked down in 2013 due to slower trade within East Asia and within South Asia. However, this is balanced by an ongoing increase in foreign direct investment and equity and debt holdings.

ADB is an international development finance institution. We provide loans, grants, and expertise to our developing member countries to help reduce poverty and create a world in which everyone can share the benefits of growth.

The needs of Asia and the Pacific far outweigh the resources of any one country or organization. Partnering is the only hope for eradicating poverty in the region.

Developing Asia is expected to continue along its path of steady growth in 2014 and 2015. Moderating growth in the People’s Republic of China as its economy adjusts to more balanced growth will offset to some extent the stronger demand expected from the industrial countries as their economies recover.

A series of new studies from the Asian Development Bank analyze and focus on gender equality in labor markets in Cambodia, Kazakhstan and the Philippines, while also examining global best practices in law and social economic policies which have helped encourage greater equality in the workforce.

Results of interviews with 10,000 men in 6 Asian and Pacific countries reveal how entrenched gender inequalities and the complex interplay of factors at the individual, relationship, community and greater society levels are the primary reasons for men's violence against women.

In 2013, the region sold a record $141.5 billion of bonds denominated in US dollars, yen, and euros, of which $128.4 billion were issued by the region’s companies. Depreciation in home currencies would mean higher debt servicing costs at a time when the domestic economy is also likely to be weaker.

Through Strategy 2020 midterm review, stakeholders are helping ADB identify areas for improvement in its corporate priorities and operations going forward. One of those areas is knowledge management.  Increasingly, developing countries - particularly in Asia - need information and expertise as much or more than they need financing.

Through Strategy 2020 midterm review, stakeholders are helping ADB identify areas for improvement in its corporate priorities and operations going forward. One of those areas is gender. The Asia and Pacific region will continue to be hurt by significant economic and social costs unless women are given greater opportunities to learn, work, and earn.

Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.