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Lao PDR and ADB

ADB operations in the Lao PDR focus on improving physical connectivity to catalyze private sector investment, generate employment, and boost incomes; developing skills that will promote nonresource sectors; and expanding access to health services to enhance labor productivity.

22 Oct 2020 | News Release

MSMEs Key to Southeast Asia's Post-COVID-19 Recovery — ADB

Strengthening the dynamics of MSMEs with innovation and internationalization will be key to revitalizing Southeast Asian economies devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report from ADB.

21 Oct 2020 | News Release

ADB Urges Southeast Asian Countries to Close Digital Divide, Promote Equitable Growth Amid COVID-19

ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa today urged Southeast Asian countries to expand investments in digital infrastructure and ensure equitable access to technology as economies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

15 Sep 2020 | News from Country Offices

Lao PDR's Economic Growth to Contract in 2020, First Time Since Late 1980s

Economic growth of the Lao PDR will contract this year for the first time in decades, but will rebound next year as the country will start to recover from economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, says a new...

25 May 2020 | News from Country Offices

ADB Approves $20 Million to Support Lao PDR's Emergency Response to COVID-19

ADB today approved a $20 million loan to support the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s (Lao PDR) response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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02 Dec 2020 | Asian Development Blog

Southeast Asia needs high-performing public sector to beat COVID-19

To respond to the challenges of the pandemic and deliver services effectively, a professional civil service needs to build the values, culture and skills required to respond to complex demands and challenges.

01 Dec 2020 | Speech

Southeast Asia Symposium on Domestic Resource Mobilization for COVID-19 Economic Recovery - Ahmed Saeed

Welcome remarks by Ahmed M. Saeed, ADB Vice-President, Operations 2, at Southeast Asia Symposium on Domestic Resource Mobilization for COVID-19 Economic Recovery, 1 December 2020

20 Nov 2020 | Asian Development Blog

RCEP is a gargantuan trade deal but will economies be able to make the most of it?

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership brings 15 nations and 2.2 billion people into a trade partnership. It also offers broad economic and societal benefits that go beyond imports and exports.

21 Oct 2020 | Asian Development Blog

COVID-19 is sending millions of overseas workers back into Southeast Asia’s rural areas

With the right policies, enough jobs can be created to employ returning workers and creating the opportunity for a new era in agricultural entrepreneurship in the region.

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