World Bank Vice President for East Asia Invites the Public to Discuss the Future of Vietnam World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg invites everyone to join a…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

Photo: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank Whenever aid and development money is involved, one question consistently emerges: How do you make sure it does not fall on the wrong hands, and be victims of…

Adu-Gyamfi Abunyewa |

  There are many kinds of rice and one of the most popular varieties in Myanmar is called Emata. This word literally means that it’s so delicious that a visitor is still sitting and eating. Emata…

Sergiy Zorya |

A resident in Hoa Binh Province is happy with his newly built toilet. Photo: World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program Sanitation brings numerous benefits such as reducing the burden of disease,…

Parameswaran Iyer |

At the Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Bali on December 2013, all WTO members reached an agreement on trade facilitation and a compromise on food security issues, a contentious topic…

Bill Gain, Ankur Huria, Kaori Niina |

If you are working on an urban water project, what information do you need?  You likely want to know what your project’s water utility knows. How else can you start talking to each other to have a…

Alexander Danilenko |

Students in Vietnam attend the high school completion exam. Photo: Van Chung/World Bank After months of impassioned public discussion, Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training has finally…

An Thi My Tran |

The ancient cities of Bagan, Myanmar, and Luang Prabang, of Lao PDR offer today’s travelers a nostalgic vision of South East Asia: timeless landscapes and exquisite architecture. This vision is in…

Morten Larsen |

Vietnam has achieved remarkably high and inclusive GDP growth since the late 1980s. GDP growth per capita increased three-and-a-half-fold during 1991-2012, a performance surpassed only by China.…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

This week, Vietnam will host the twelfth ASEAN Health Minister’s Meeting in Hanoi. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is likely to take center-stage in discussions, both formal and informal, among…

Aparnaa Somanathan |