Three factors to weaken Thai baht (BOT)

The United States’ application of the minimised quantitative easing (QE) programme, China’s economic slowdown and the Thai Finance Ministry’s foreign capital control are major elements contribution to the depreciating baht, according to a senior central bank official said.

Asian Launch of WTO Report 2012

Non-tariff measures, such as regulatory standards for m anufactured and agricultural goods, can have a significant impact on trade — possibly even more than tariffs — according to the latest edition of the WTO’s flagship publication.

Asia needs clean energy to power sustainable and inclusive growth

Balancing sustainable development with high rates of economic growth requires agreement on a new energy compact for Asia and the Pacific, the top United Nations Asia-Pacific official told a forum of sector policymakers here today.

Asia-Pacific countries reaffirm commitment to sustainable and inclusive growth

Asia-Pacific countries concluded three days of discussions here today on sustainable development challenges facing the region, including growing natural resource constraints, climate change, hunger and poverty, and reaffirmed their commitment to make economic growth more environmentally-friendly and inclusive.

The Bank of Thailand Launches New Series of Banknotes

The Bank of Thailand Launches New Series of Thai Banknotes

Asia-Pacific forum to promote environment-friendly cities

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – More than 900 representatives of governments, civil society, private sector and academia in the region are meeting in Bangkok this week to discuss ways to ensure that booming Asia-Pacific urban prosperity is friendly to both the poor and nature.

Asia-Pacific governments endorse agenda for sustainable development

Bangkok (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section) – Asia-Pacific countries concluded a week-long annual United Nations forum in Bangkok today, finalizing a comprehensive social and economic agenda for sustainable and inclusive development in the region.

High food prices kept nearly 20 million in poverty in Asia Pacific

High food prices prevented nearly 20 million people emerge from poverty in Asia and the Pacific ESCAP study warns food inflation can delay MDG 1 achievement by 5 years Bangkok (UN ESCAP Information Services) – High food prices prevented 19.4 million people in the Asia-Pacific region from climbing out of poverty last year and persisting food and oil inflation can keep up to an extra 42 million people poor in the region, a new United Nations study released today said.