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Developing Asia is continuing along a stable growth path. Although the major industrial economies underperformed in the first half of the year, the region’s gross domestic product is expected to expand in 2014 and 2015.

Issuance of offshore renminbi-denominated bonds - or dim sum bonds - have skyrocketed since the first sale in 2007 in response to strong demand outside the People's Republic of China for exposure to the country's strong growth story.

Villagers near the Yancheng Rare Bird National Nature Reserve in the People’s Republic of China reduce pesticide use for the benefit of ecosystems and livelihoods. 

Asia and the Pacific has reduced the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day by more than half, 10 years ahead of the 2015 global target set out in the Millennium Development Goals. Improving the well-being of the region’s poor, however, entails looking beyond the poverty line.

Using the power of the sun to dry fruit has resulted in a dramatic increase in the value of apricots for growers in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan region, boosting the incomes of poor families and inspiring a new generation of agribusiness entrepreneurs.