Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific
The 2013 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific analyses the short and medium-term challenges for the region and the outlook for the year ahead.
The publication provides policy options for governments to overcome these challenges and maintain the pursuit of inclusive and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.
- Despite a significant reduction in poverty, the region is still home to more than 800 million poor struggling to survive on an income of less than $1.25-a-day.
- Food security is also a major problem in Asia and the Pacific, with an estimated 563 million people undernourished.
- Although growth is projected to inch up to 6% in 2013, this rate is still below the average of 7.8% achieved in 2010-2011 and the average of 8.6% observed during the pre-crisis period of 2002-2007.