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Giving women in Asia more opportunities to secure decent, productive work will have major social and economic spinoffs for the region and is essential for inclusive growth, say a series of new studies from ADB.

The proposed Nauru Women’s Policy – which would promote equal participation of women in government decision-making and leadership, improved women’s health, equitable access to education, improved economic status of women, and the elimination of violence against women – was unveiled today at a one-day consultative workshop organized by ADB and Government of Nauru.

As part of their global effort to promote the importance of girls education and to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on 11 October 2013, Intel, Plan International, and ADB will screen the documentary film “Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World” at various community areas nationwide starting 11 October.

ADB will continue to support growing small- and medium-sized enterprises in Lao People’s Democratic Republic with a $15 million loan and another $4.378 in technical assistance (TA) designed to help promote and develop the private sector, including improving the registration of enterprises.

Keeping girls in school and improving their access to technical and vocational training is the focus of a three-day regional seminar being hosted by ADB and Government of People's Republic of China.

Labor and land ownership laws throughout the Asia-Pacific region must change if women are to reach their full potential as farmers and food production workers, says a new report prepared jointly by ADB and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Growth in Asia and the Pacific has been more robust than expected after the global crisis, and must be sustained for the region to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in his first address to the ADB Board of Governors.

Lao People’s Democratic Republic could reap greater benefits from the country’s rapid economic growth by reducing gender inequality and vulnerability in remote rural areas while enhancing women’s ability to take full advantage of expanding economic opportunities, particularly in urban and lowland areas, according to a new ADB and World Bank report.

ADB and Government of Uzbekistan have agreed on a new five-year country partnership strategy for 2012-2016 that will focus on promoting inclusive growth through diversifying the economy and expanding regional cooperation.

ADB met most of its key performance targets in 2011 but outcomes from recently completed operations remained below target despite improvements over the previous year, said an ADB performance report released today.