Economic Development

Hu Jintao CCP Congress
November 09, 2012
Outgoing Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao highlighted the importance of ecological progress and the need for a fundamental shift in the way China uses resources during his keynote speech at the party’s congress on Thursday In his report to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Hu underscored the huge environmental challenges facing the world's second-largest economy after decades of spectacular growth.
PRD 2020 vision
November 01, 2012
According to the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) for 2008 -2020, formulated by the National Development and Reform Commission, cities in the PRD are progressively converging into one urban cluster, forming the most densely populated urban corridor in China. The nine prefectures in the region were home to 56.15 million people at the end of 2010, according to the Guangdong Statistic Book 2010. Given that Guangzhou alone expects to have 20 million people by 2020, it is entirely possible the total population of the PRD could double by that time.
The German Government has committed to helping Vietnam to develop a green economy and vocational training by loaning the country EUR272 million (USD352 million), according to a report in the Vietnam News.
Malaysia's Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Wateris preparing a Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP) for the country, according to state news agency Bernama. The ministry's secretary-general, Loo Took Gee, said the plan would outline strategies to develop green technologies and move towards becoming a low-carbon green economy.
Korea plans to invest more in its Global Green Growth Institute to put it at the forefront of international organizations in providing technological expertise for environment-friendly development and a place to exchange international experiences.
Vietnam and Laos have called on investors to pay heed to environmental protection during their operations during a workshop organized by the Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia Association for Economic Development.
One planet to share
May 14, 2012
The Government of India has taken umbrage over perceived “biases” in the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP's) Asia Pacific Human Development report, One Planet To Share – Sustaining human progress in a changing climate, which was released on Thursday. The report argues that in the face of climate change, countries in Asia and the Pacific “will need to change the way they manufacture goods, raise crops and livestock, and generate energy.” This will mean “moving to greener, more resilient, lower-emission options that not only sustain the environment but also offer opportunities to the poor for employment and income.”
Having first developed in North America and Europe, consumer society and consumerim as now taken firm root in Asia, helping to fuel the continued growth of the gloabl economy. And a good thing too, many would say - but not Chandran Nair. In his book, "Consumptionomics - Asia's role in reshaping capitalis and saving the planet", the founder and chief executive of The Global Institute for Tomorrow argues passionately that Asia is following the wrong model of economic development.
APAC green growth
February 24, 2012
The Asia Pacific region (APAC) has the potential to be a world leader in low carbon growth, but only if it adopts a new development strategy, says a joint study released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN agencies. The report, Green Growth, Resources and Resilience - Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific, is aimed at supporting policy-makers as they prepare for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), in June.
The Hong Kong Government's Spaghetti Junction
October 14, 2011
Spaghetti Junction is the best description of Hong Kong government policymaking and Chief Executive Donald Tsang's latest (and last) Policy Address is a classic example. At the start of his speech, the Chief Executive quoted his 2007 election manifesto: "I envisioned generating economic development through infrastructure development. At the same time, we must balance development needs with environmental protection and conservation to create a better living environment".