Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific 'riddled with gaps'

The need for social protection safety nets has been further highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report, launched on Thursday.  “Comprehensive social protection creates the foundation for healthy societies and vibrant economies,” Armida …

Why Trump's Anti-China Policy Falls on Deaf Ears in Southeast Asia

Advertisement In recent months, the world has witnessed a curious development in U.S. foreign policy: the emergence of a very hawkish, hostile and confrontational policy toward China. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given a series of speeches attacking China. His speeches present some new themes: they aim specifically at the Chinese Communist Party …

Turkey prioritizes relations with Central Asia

ANKARA Turkey has prioritized relations with Central Asia and other Asian countries with its Asia Anew initiative, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday. “With our ‘Asia Anew’ policy which we announced last year, we prioritized our relations with both our brotherly Central Asia and other regions of rising Asia,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said during the …

WarnerMedia to discontinue HBO and WB TV channels in India, and select other South Asia markets

WarnerMedia will discontinue HBO and WB TV channels in India, Pakistan, Maldives, and Bangladesh later this year as the entertainment conglomerate struggles to find a sustainable business model in South Asian despite operating in the region for over a decade. The company said it will end HBO and WB TV channels in the aforementioned markets, …

The Protection We Want: Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific – World

Critical gaps in social protection hampering Asia Pacific region’s resilience to COVID 19 The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for well-functioning social protection systems in the region as never before. A new UN report released today reveals that despite their rapid socioeconomic ascent, most countries in the Asia-Pacific region have weak social protection systems …

Japan forum to highlight vital role of CCUS in Asia

Co-hosted by international think tank the Global CCS Institute and Japan CCS, the Japan-Asia CCUS Forum 2020 will focus attention on CCS/CCUS as essential for Japan, and the region’s clean energy transition. Speaking ahead of the event, Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, said, “Delivering on ambitious global climate change targets requires urgent …

East Asia and the Pacific: What will a resilient recovery require?

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Pakistan tops in Asia over social protection amid pandemic

ISLAMABAD: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has acknowledged Pakistan as one of the top-ranked countries in Asia with the highest number of responses to social protection, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday. Special Assistant to PM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection Dr Sania Nishtar gave a briefing …

Trade, trust and Asia's future

Despite being severely dragged down by the protracted Covid-19 pandemic, many economies in Asia seem to be bulletproof, kind of. One of the top performers has been Vietnam, long one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, which expanded by 2.62% in the third quarter. Boosted by a rally in exports as the country slowly emerges from …

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