Key Indicators 2016 - economic, financial, social, and environmental statistics for ADB's 48 regional members - highlights the uneven though steady growth in the region, as well as the disparities between developing Asian and Pacific countries.

Some of the report's key findings include:

  1. 330 million people are still living on less than $1.90 (2011 PPP) a day. Approximately 1.2 billion people in Asia and the Pacific are below the poverty line of $3.10 (2011 PPP) a day.

  2. About 0.3 billion people in the region live without safe drinking water and about 1.5 billion lack access to proper sanitation.

  3. Nine in ten people now have access to electricity in Asia and the Pacific.

  4. Broadband internet subscriptions increased in 45 out of 47 reporting economies between 2000 and 2015, but 58% of the region’s population remains unconnected to the internet.

  5. The GDP share of manufacturing increased in 16 out of 48 ADB member countries from 2000 to 2015.

  6. In nearly three-quarters of the economies of Asia and Pacific, the service sector accounts for more than 50% of GDP based on latest data.

  7. Asia and the Pacific generated two-fifths of global GDP (in 2011 purchasing power parity terms) in 2015.

  8. There are remarkable disparities across economies: In 2011 purchasing power parity terms, Singapore’s per capita GDP is 44 times that of Solomon Islands.

  9. The region accounts for roughly 45% of global energy use according to latest available data.

  10. Over the past decade, the region’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions grew faster than the global average.

  11. Government spending on health as a percentage of GDP has increased in about two-thirds of the region’s economies since 2000.

  12. The average number of days required to start a business in developing Asia and the Pacific declined from 45 days in 2005 to 20 days in 2015.