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GICA: Connecting the dots on global infrastructure connectivity

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The term “connectivity” is familiar to most of us, even if we don’t think about it much. When we bemoan the shortcomings of the mobile network in our neighborhood or thank the barista for the free and unexpectedly fast WIFI at our favorite coffee bar, we’re acknowledging the place connectivity has in our lives.
But connectivity also plays a larger, global role—one that links communities, economies, and countries through transport, trade, communications, energy, and water networks. In this broader form, it’s known as global infrastructure connectivity, and it boasts a special super power: the ability to catalyze infrastructure development.

교육을 통한 동아시아의 4차산업혁명 대응방안

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동아시아는 빠른 기술 진보에 대비하고 있다. (사진 : Gerhard Jörén / 세계은행)

'4 차산업혁명 (4IR)'으로 불리는 자동화와 급속한 기술 발전은 경제 환경과 노동력에 요구되는 기술의 특성을 변화시키고 있다. 이와 관련한 새로운 도전이 전세계에 대두되고 있고 동아시아 또한 이에 대한 준비를 하고 있다.

 세계적 도전

자동화가 확대됨에 따라 기술력이 부족한 저소득 국가는 자동화에 더 많이 노출된다. 특히 기술수준이 높은 지역에 산업이 집중되는 직업 클러스터링 (job clustering)으로 인해 문제 해결 능력 및 사회적 기술 등을 습득하는 능력은 근로자가 신흥 산업에 적응하는데 더욱 중요해지고 있다. 전세계 노동력은 이러한 변화에 적응하고 생산성을 유지하는데 필요한 기술개발을 하기 위해 끊임없는 협력과 혁신이 요구된다. “기술과 고용 관련 옥스포드 마틴 프로그램 (Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment)”의 Carl Benedikt Frey교수는  "새로운 산업의 출현과 함께 새로 창출된 일자리는 평균 일자리보다 훨씬 더 숙련된 기술을 요구한다."라고 시사하였다.

4차산업혁명이 교육에 시사하는 점

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근로자의 신기술 응용 능력은 교육을 통해 개발될 수 있다. (사진 : Sarah Farhat / 세계은행)​

4차산업혁명은 교육과 기술간의 관계를 더욱 긴밀하게 할 것이고 교육의 역할을 다시 한번 강조할 것이다. 대다수 개발도상국의 경우 부진한 성과를 내는 교육 체제 때문에 자동화에 대응할 수 있는 노동 경쟁력이 발전을 멈춘 상태다. 그런 탓에 개도국은 교육 투자 수익률이 높음에도 그에 따른 경제적 혜택을 누리지 못하고 있다. 4차산업혁명은 고소득 산업국가에서 널리 화두가 되고 있는 주제다. 그러나 자동화는 다른 나라보다 개도국에 특히 더 큰 영향을 끼칠 수 있고 개도국의 정책입안자들은 자국의 체제에 미칠 영향을 지금부터 우려해야 한다. 개도국은 교육투자 수익률이 높지만 교육의 질이 낮다. 
동아시아 성장 모델의 한계
동아시아 성장 신화의 두 가지 필수 요소는 무역 개혁과 인적 자본이다.  동아시아는 수출 장려 정책이나 무역 자유화 정책에 힘입어 저임금 저숙련 노동력을 비교우위로 활용할 수 있었다.  일례로 1962년 한국의 1인당 국민소득(GDP)은 아프리카 사하라 사막 이남 국가에 상응하는 수준이었다. 그러나 10년 간의 노동집약적, 수출 주도형 성장에 힘입어 한국의 1인당 실질 GDP는 두 배로 뛰었다.

The New ASEAN Green Bonds Standards

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The ASEAN Green Bonds Standards are a big step forward towards more green investments in the region. Photo: bigstock/jamesteoh

Climate change poses a significant threat to the economic development of countries around the world. The World Bank estimates that up to a 100 million poor people could be pushed back into poverty by 2030 as a result of climate changein part due to a combination of higher agricultural prices and threats to food security and health – especially in the poorer parts of the world. The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided commitments to tackle the most urgent of these environmental challenges.

Making a VR film in Fiji: Q&A with the team behind 'Our Home, Our People'

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In November 2017 at the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn, Germany, the World Bank – in partnership with the Fijian Government – launched its biggest foray yet into the world of 360-degree Virtual Reality (VR).

Our Home, Our People is a storytelling project that takes viewers to the heart of climate change in Fiji.

Within six weeks of going live, film has been viewed by more than 3,500 people at the COP23 event, more than 200,000 people on YouTube, 170,000 people via VeerVR, and has garnered significant global interest.

Here, the team behind the film provides an insight into how the project came about, some of the challenges of making the film in VR, and what the project meant to those involved.

Improving access to finance for SMEs in Tanzania: Learning from Malaysia’s experience

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Malaysia’s experience in addressing access to finance for SMEs has been successful, serving as a learning point for countries like Tanzania. Photo: Samuel Goh/World Bank
Tanzania is set towards becoming a middle-income country as the economy grew by an average of 6.5% per year in the past decade. The “Tanzania Development Vision (TDV) 2025” highlighted small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector as one important contributor to the country’s long-term development. It is estimated that Tanzania’s SME sector consists of more than 3 million enterprises which contribute to 27% of overall GDP.  Most of them are in the agricultural sector, and more than half are owned by women.  

Lao PDR’s transition on the path to Universal Health Coverage

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A mother brings her baby to Mitthaphap Hospital for a checkup. Photo: World Bank Lao PDR
On this Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, it is striking to us, working in Lao PDR’s health sector, of the progress the country has made on its journey towards UHC this year.

ASEAN meeting explores ways of professionalizing public procurement to meet development challenges

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Construction of a sky train in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Seksan Pipattanatikanunt/World Bank
In the past, procurement (purchasing) was not considered to be a specialist function but one of the numerous duties that administrators performed in their respective government departments. However, today it is acknowledged that procurement has become an extremely complex and crucial undertaking coupled with the need to ensure value for money in the use of public resources to enhance the living conditions of its citizens.

The responsibilities have radically changed from that of an administrative service function to a proactive and strategic one. Unfortunately, in most jurisdictions the procurement function is still not considered a specific profession and consequently, building procurement professional expertise to meet development challenges remains an unfinished agenda.

Working together to understand climate change risks in Fiji

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People read about climate change every day and we are all familiar with it as a concept.  While we understand that steps need to be taken to address the risks; its impact often feels harder to imagine. We assume that the impacts are something we will experience in the future. 

But in the Pacific, the impacts are already being felt by communities. This came across clearly in our work on the Climate Vulnerability Assessment – Making Fiji Climate Resilient report, which the Fijian Government produced with the support of our team and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and which was launched at COP23.

The innovation imperative: How Asia can leverage exponential technologies to improve lives and promote growth

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Singapore: Global Innovation Forum

Robots will take over our jobs, disrupt our industries and erode our competitiveness.
Such were commonly expressed fears about advances in automation, artificial intelligence, and 3D printing – key representations of exponential technologies – during the inaugural Global Innovation Forum that took place in Singapore.
While robots continue to bear the brunt of public skepticism, participants at the Forum also expressed optimism about the emergence of innovations that could dramatically transform the quality of life for the poorest people in society, particularly in Asia, the region that was acknowledged by many participants as leading the pace of innovation around the globe.