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  • OPINION

    An opportunity to raise productivity

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 30/11/2016

    » Against the backdrop of a sluggish global economy, lacklustre trade growth, and uncertainty in major economies, countries of the Asia-Pacific region continued to push ahead at an estimated 4.9% in 2016.

  • OPINION

    Asia-Pacific's road to sustainability

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 08/12/2016

    » Transport is a key contributor to economic growth, prosperity and to societal well-being.

  • OPINION

    Closing the ICT gap across Asia

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 03/10/2016

    » Advances in information and communication technology have been instrumental in shaping and leading socioeconomic transformations across Asia and the Pacific. One key to this transformation is the technology bundled around the "Internet of Things" (IoT), which enables billions of devices and appliances to connect over the internet for more accurate, real time data collection and analysis on an unparalleled scale.

  • OPINION

    Eyeing a sustainable future for Asia

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 28/04/2016

    » The Asia-Pacific region's successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development needs to be driven by broad-based productivity gains and the rebalancing of economies towards domestic and regional demand. This is the main message of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016, published by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Such a strategy will not only underpin the revival of robust and resilient economic growth, but also improve the quality of growth by making it more inclusive and sustainable.

  • OPINION

    Asia-Pacific celebrates 70 years of growth, security

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 24/10/2015

    » On this day, 70 years ago, the Charter of the United Nations came into force — hope, rising from the ashes of World War II. For seven decades the UN has driven multilateralism for peace, security, development and human dignity — in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. Although far from perfect, no other organisation has done more to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and to promote social progress and better standards of life” for all.

  • OPINION

    Older people have role in society

    News, Shamshad Akhtar, Published on 01/10/2015

    » Just a few decades ago, the population of the Asia-Pacific region was dominated by the young. Now, as birth rates have dropped and life expectancies improved, the population is ageing. Twelve per cent of our people in the region are already over the age of 60. By 2050, this figure will rise to one-quarter of the whole population. Never before have countries aged as rapidly. It took France 115 years and Sweden 85 years to become aged societies, but for Vietnam and Thailand, it will take only 20-22 years. The region risks getting old before it gets rich. So how do we address this crisis of a rapidly ageing population in our region?

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