Research and surveys consistently show that firms do not rank tax incentives as the primary reason for choosing where to invest. Instead, political and macroeconomic stability, the legal…

Viet Anh Nguyen, Hassan Zaman |

Asia’s youngest country, Timor-Leste, is pursuing an ambitious trade policy agenda aimed at deepening its integration into regional and global markets and improving living standards for its 1.3…

Csilla Lakatos, Pierre Sauvé |

The World Bank is creating opportunities to engage youth to tap their energy and out-of-the-box thinking through the Ideathon 4 Climate

Raghava Neti, Shona Fitzgerald, Christian Holde Severin, Fernando Armendaris Puente, Lala Fabella |

The World Bank and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are working together to make a sustainable impact in the Pacific region’s water sector.

Saroj Kumar Jha, Benoît Bosquet |

From little things, big things grow: Papua New Guinea cocoa farmers defy the pandemic downturn

Ruth Moiam |

The Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens the uneven recovery of East Asia and Pacific. The invasion comes on top of the economic distress caused by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, the financial…

Aaditya Mattoo, Ekaterine T. Vashakmadze, Ergys Islamaj |

The Korea Trust Fund for Economic and Peace-Building Transitions (KTF) is helping World Bank teams find innovative ways—such as using satellites or smart phones to collect current data—to keep…

Keith Garrett |

COVID-19 vaccination rates are low in PNG; in fact, some of – if not, the – lowest in East Asia Pacific. Supply of vaccines was an issue at first, and issues with health infrastructure are an…

Christopher Hoy, Terence Wood, Ellen Moscoe |

Blog featuring female leaders across the Pacific for the World Bank Pacific’s 2021 International Women’s Day campaign.

Yasmin Poole |

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, we are about a year into an unprecedented health and economic crisis that has destroyed lives and livelihoods globally and in the East Asia and…

Victoria Kwakwa |