Asia Archive

  • GIZ Programme Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia GIZ SCSI facilitates two Trainings for GTI in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar From September 22-23, SCSI hosted a training in Beijing to enhance the communication capacity for the Secretariat of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). Participants that attended the workshop included GTI Secretariat staff, as well as representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Russian Federation’s Trade Mission. As successful regional economic cooperation within the Greater Tumen Region depends on effective communication between national focal points and the GTI Secretariat, SCSI invited trainer Karsten Weitzenegger to mentor the workshop and to present participants with a broad range of communication tools. After assessing the challenges of communications among the GTI Secretariat, the National Coordinators and other stakeholders, the participants actively engaged in elaborating new concepts to take effective measures towards building communication capacity. From September 26-27, a training on […]

    Capacity Building for Cooperation in in North-East Asia

    GIZ Programme Support for Economic Cooperation in Sub-Regional Initiatives in Asia GIZ SCSI facilitates two Trainings for GTI in Beijing and Ulaanbaatar From September 22-23, SCSI hosted a training in Beijing to enhance the communication capacity for the Secretariat of the Greater Tumen Initiative (GTI). Participants that attended the workshop included GTI Secretariat staff, as well as representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Russian Federation’s Trade Mission. As successful regional economic cooperation within the Greater Tumen Region depends on effective communication between national focal points and the GTI Secretariat, SCSI invited trainer Karsten Weitzenegger to mentor the workshop and to present participants with a broad range of communication tools. After assessing the challenges of communications among the GTI Secretariat, the National Coordinators and other stakeholders, the participants actively engaged in elaborating new concepts to take effective measures towards building communication capacity. From September 26-27, a training on […]

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  • PTB appraisal mission to Sri Lanka Background Within the framework of its international technical cooperation, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German National Metrology Institute “PTB” (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) is preparing a new bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Quality Infrastructure (QI). Objectives In view of the mission results which indicate a high dependency on quality infrastructure with a relatively limited access of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to these services, especially in the provinces, PTB has been commissioned to investigate possibilities for a new bilateral project. Therefore, the mission’s objectives are to refine the project concept and its intervention areas, to investigate the demand for QI services, the cooperation between QI institutes and its provision in the North and Northeast and to gather further inputs and suggestions for cooperation. Mission team The mission team will consist of Mr Karsten Weitzenegger, […]

    Strengthening the Quality Infrastructure in Sri Lanka

    PTB appraisal mission to Sri Lanka Background Within the framework of its international technical cooperation, funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German National Metrology Institute “PTB” (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) is preparing a new bilateral cooperation with Sri Lanka in the field of Quality Infrastructure (QI). Objectives In view of the mission results which indicate a high dependency on quality infrastructure with a relatively limited access of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to these services, especially in the provinces, PTB has been commissioned to investigate possibilities for a new bilateral project. Therefore, the mission’s objectives are to refine the project concept and its intervention areas, to investigate the demand for QI services, the cooperation between QI institutes and its provision in the North and Northeast and to gather further inputs and suggestions for cooperation. Mission team The mission team will consist of Mr Karsten Weitzenegger, […]

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  • Following popular demand, the The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED is organising the second Global Seminar on results measurement in the field of private sector development (PSD), 24-26 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar is being organised in cooperation with the ILO and with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It will have a similar format to the DCED Global Seminar in 2012, which was attended by 100 participants from 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments. You are invited to join the Seminar as a participant. Download the registration form here, and send to Admin@Enterprise-Development.org. There is a fee of $600 for those accepted for participation, and all participants must pay their own travel, accommodation and insurance costs. Early registration is advised. More: http://www.enterprise-development.org/page/seminar2014

    DCED Global Seminar on Results Measurement 24-26 March 2014, Bangkok

    Following popular demand, the The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED is organising the second Global Seminar on results measurement in the field of private sector development (PSD), 24-26 March 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Seminar is being organised in cooperation with the ILO and with financial support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It will have a similar format to the DCED Global Seminar in 2012, which was attended by 100 participants from 54 different organisations, field programmes and governments. You are invited to join the Seminar as a participant. Download the registration form here, and send to Admin@Enterprise-Development.org. There is a fee of $600 for those accepted for participation, and all participants must pay their own travel, accommodation and insurance costs. Early registration is advised. More: http://www.enterprise-development.org/page/seminar2014

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  • MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Asia and the Pacific face a daunting unfinished development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) expire in 2015. The focus in this fast growing region should be on the glaring gaps in its MDG achievements: eradicating extreme poverty and making better progress on human development, especially reducing infant deaths and improving maternal health. Confronting the environmental degradation caused by the region’s rapid economic growth presents another critical challenge for the post-MDG era. A global debate is already under way on the best way to tackle the challenges of a post-2015 development agenda. To contribute to this discussion, Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just released a study ADB’s Support for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The report assesses the region’s progress and ADB’s contribution. The study also seeks to answer a question that will be crucial for a new agenda: does setting goals […]

    Top Concerns in Asia’s Unfinished Development Agenda for the Post-MDG Era

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Asia and the Pacific face a daunting unfinished development agenda when the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) expire in 2015. The focus in this fast growing region should be on the glaring gaps in its MDG achievements: eradicating extreme poverty and making better progress on human development, especially reducing infant deaths and improving maternal health. Confronting the environmental degradation caused by the region’s rapid economic growth presents another critical challenge for the post-MDG era. A global debate is already under way on the best way to tackle the challenges of a post-2015 development agenda. To contribute to this discussion, Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has just released a study ADB’s Support for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The report assesses the region’s progress and ADB’s contribution. The study also seeks to answer a question that will be crucial for a new agenda: does setting goals […]

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  • MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asia has become increasingly integrated over the past decade, led by growing trade and tourism and, most recently, as the region faced down the global financial crisis and subsequent eurozone crisis, according to a new integration index published in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor (http://www.adb.org/publications/asian-economic-integration-monitor-march-2013). “Going forward, greater integration will be harder won as the remaining areas of cooperation are more complex,” said Lei Lei Song, Principal Economist in ADB’s Office of Regional Economic Integration. “Asia needs to avoid complacency and continue to work together in this post-crisis period.” The report warns that the struggles of the eurozone and the fear of the contagion that accompanies greater integration could give Asia’s policymakers pause as they assess the way forward for their region. The index, which monitors foreign direct investment, capital markets, output correlations, trade, and tourism across Asia, shows the level of […]

    Asia is more integrated, but future cooperation will be a complex task

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asia has become increasingly integrated over the past decade, led by growing trade and tourism and, most recently, as the region faced down the global financial crisis and subsequent eurozone crisis, according to a new integration index published in the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor (http://www.adb.org/publications/asian-economic-integration-monitor-march-2013). “Going forward, greater integration will be harder won as the remaining areas of cooperation are more complex,” said Lei Lei Song, Principal Economist in ADB’s Office of Regional Economic Integration. “Asia needs to avoid complacency and continue to work together in this post-crisis period.” The report warns that the struggles of the eurozone and the fear of the contagion that accompanies greater integration could give Asia’s policymakers pause as they assess the way forward for their region. The index, which monitors foreign direct investment, capital markets, output correlations, trade, and tourism across Asia, shows the level of […]

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  • 3 October 2012 | HONG KONG, CHINA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is significantly scaling back 2012 and 2013 growth forecasts for developing Asia, saying that after years of rapid growth, the region must brace for a prolonged period of moderate expansion amidst an ongoing slump in global demand. Watch ADB’s Chief Economist Changyong Rhee discuss the highlights of the report. “Developing Asia must adapt to a moderate growth environment, and countries will need to do more to reduce their reliance on exports, rebalance their sources of growth, and increase their productivity and efficiency,” said Changyong Rhee, ADB’s Chief Economist. “These measures are critical if the region is to continue lifting its people out of poverty.” In its Asian Development Outlook 2012 Update, released today, ADB projects the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth dropping to 6.1% in 2012, and 6.7% in 2013, down significantly from 7.2% in 2011. […]

    Developing Asia Faces New Era of Moderate Growth | ADB Report

    3 October 2012 | HONG KONG, CHINA – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is significantly scaling back 2012 and 2013 growth forecasts for developing Asia, saying that after years of rapid growth, the region must brace for a prolonged period of moderate expansion amidst an ongoing slump in global demand. Watch ADB’s Chief Economist Changyong Rhee discuss the highlights of the report. “Developing Asia must adapt to a moderate growth environment, and countries will need to do more to reduce their reliance on exports, rebalance their sources of growth, and increase their productivity and efficiency,” said Changyong Rhee, ADB’s Chief Economist. “These measures are critical if the region is to continue lifting its people out of poverty.” In its Asian Development Outlook 2012 Update, released today, ADB projects the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth dropping to 6.1% in 2012, and 6.7% in 2013, down significantly from 7.2% in 2011. […]

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  • The site “Results-focused Project Design and Management” (RfPDM) is a platform where facilitation and development cooperation meet. While we cater primarily to the former and future participants of The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Training of Facilitators’ (TOF) and other alumni of our Results-focused Project Design and Management (RfPDM) workshops, our doors are open to development practitioners, trainers, facilitators, development executives, donors, consultants, contractors and project managers. This will insure broader sharing of experiences, perspectives and tools among colleagues and peers. http://adbresultsmatter.org

    adbresultsmatter.org | Results-focused Project Design and Management” (RfPDM) training

    The site “Results-focused Project Design and Management” (RfPDM) is a platform where facilitation and development cooperation meet. While we cater primarily to the former and future participants of The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Training of Facilitators’ (TOF) and other alumni of our Results-focused Project Design and Management (RfPDM) workshops, our doors are open to development practitioners, trainers, facilitators, development executives, donors, consultants, contractors and project managers. This will insure broader sharing of experiences, perspectives and tools among colleagues and peers. http://adbresultsmatter.org

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  • Creating the conditions for good jobs and, more importantly, social protection programs for those unable to find decent work is an urgent priority for governments in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss told a conference in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day conference titled ”The Impact of the Global Economic Slowdown on Poverty and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific,” Ms. Schaefer-Preuss said that the recent global economic downturn has cut demand for the exports on which the region’s economies depend, forcing job cuts in many of the industries that send their goods overseas and slashing the incomes of thousands of people in the region. Many may struggle to find alternative employment. ”Before the crisis – in the context of high growth rates – only about half of the region’s young labor entrants could find decent jobs, while […]

    Asia must promote employment, support those without decent jobs, ADB says

    Creating the conditions for good jobs and, more importantly, social protection programs for those unable to find decent work is an urgent priority for governments in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss told a conference in Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Speaking at the conclusion of a three-day conference titled ”The Impact of the Global Economic Slowdown on Poverty and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific,” Ms. Schaefer-Preuss said that the recent global economic downturn has cut demand for the exports on which the region’s economies depend, forcing job cuts in many of the industries that send their goods overseas and slashing the incomes of thousands of people in the region. Many may struggle to find alternative employment. ”Before the crisis – in the context of high growth rates – only about half of the region’s young labor entrants could find decent jobs, while […]

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  • Asia and Pacific countries continue to make broad progress in reducing extreme poverty but hunger still remains widespread and many economies are struggling to meet other Millennium Development Goals, including reductions in maternal mortality rates and access to sanitation, latest available data show. Source: ADB http://www.adb.org/article.asp?id=12968

    Asia’s Progress on Millennium Development Goals Remains Mixed

    Asia and Pacific countries continue to make broad progress in reducing extreme poverty but hunger still remains widespread and many economies are struggling to meet other Millennium Development Goals, including reductions in maternal mortality rates and access to sanitation, latest available data show. Source: ADB http://www.adb.org/article.asp?id=12968

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  • Looking for a job in development cooperation? This Website gives you a list of professional opportunities around the world. Updated as you arrive. I am still working on updates, so come back soon. http://www.weitzenegger.de/new/jobmarket.php

    Weitzenegger’s International Development Job Market

    Looking for a job in development cooperation? This Website gives you a list of professional opportunities around the world. Updated as you arrive. I am still working on updates, so come back soon. http://www.weitzenegger.de/new/jobmarket.php

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  • Developing countries are severely hit by the global economic crisis. The leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies, recognising that the global financial crisis has ‘a disproportionate impact’ on vulnerable people in poor countries, have promised to make hundreds of billions of United States dollars available to these countries as part of a $1.1 trillion plan to rescue the world economy. In a communiqué released by the Group of 20’s London Summit, the leaders announced what they called ‘a global plan for recovery on an unprecedented scale’. They said the rescue package would include resources totalling $850 billion, to be channelled through global financial institutions, ‘to support growth in emerging market and developing countries by helping to finance counter-cyclical spending, bank recapitalisation, infrastructure, trade finance, balance of payments support, debt rollover, and social support.’ http://www.pambazuka.org/aumonitor/comments/2296/ The EU Commission helps with a support package. The EU has recognized that the current […]

    Helping developing countries during the financial crisis

    Developing countries are severely hit by the global economic crisis. The leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies, recognising that the global financial crisis has ‘a disproportionate impact’ on vulnerable people in poor countries, have promised to make hundreds of billions of United States dollars available to these countries as part of a $1.1 trillion plan to rescue the world economy. In a communiqué released by the Group of 20’s London Summit, the leaders announced what they called ‘a global plan for recovery on an unprecedented scale’. They said the rescue package would include resources totalling $850 billion, to be channelled through global financial institutions, ‘to support growth in emerging market and developing countries by helping to finance counter-cyclical spending, bank recapitalisation, infrastructure, trade finance, balance of payments support, debt rollover, and social support.’ http://www.pambazuka.org/aumonitor/comments/2296/ The EU Commission helps with a support package. The EU has recognized that the current […]

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  • Developing Asia’s economic growth will slow in 2009 to its most sluggish pace since the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says in a new major report. The Asian Development Outlook 2009 forecasts economic growth in developing Asia will slide to just 3.4% in 2009, down from 6.3% last year and 9.5% in 2007. If the global economy experiences a mild recovery next year, the outlook for the region will improve to 6% in 2010. Deteriorating economic prospects will hinder the efforts to reduce poverty. With the slow growth, more than 60 million people in 2009, and close to 100 million people in 2010, will remain trapped in poverty – living on less than US$1.25 a day – than would have been if growth had continued at its earlier pace. Despite the dismal outlook, the report says that the region is in a much better position to […]

    Bleak outlook for developing Asia, but region can cope with crisis, says ADB

    Developing Asia’s economic growth will slow in 2009 to its most sluggish pace since the 1997/1998 Asian financial crisis, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says in a new major report. The Asian Development Outlook 2009 forecasts economic growth in developing Asia will slide to just 3.4% in 2009, down from 6.3% last year and 9.5% in 2007. If the global economy experiences a mild recovery next year, the outlook for the region will improve to 6% in 2010. Deteriorating economic prospects will hinder the efforts to reduce poverty. With the slow growth, more than 60 million people in 2009, and close to 100 million people in 2010, will remain trapped in poverty – living on less than US$1.25 a day – than would have been if growth had continued at its earlier pace. Despite the dismal outlook, the report says that the region is in a much better position to […]

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