East Asia and Pacific Growth Buoyed by Recovery in Domestic Demand

Growth in developing East Asia and the Pacific outside of China is forecast to accelerate to 5.3% in 2022 from 2.6% in 2021, according to the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific October 2022 Economic Update.

Greening the rice we eat

Rice is responsible for 10% of global methane emissions, and in Southeast Asia, one the world’s major rice bowls, rice cultivation accounts for as much as 25-33% of the region’s methane emissions.  

COVID-19 Drives Global Surge in use of Digital Payments

Three quarters of adults now have a bank or mobile money account; gender gap in account ownership narrows

Russian Invasion to Shrink Ukraine Economy by 45 Percent

The war is also hitting hard the emerging and developing economies of Europe and Central Asia, a region that was already heading for an economic slowdown this year from the ongoing effects of the pandemic

Developing Economies risk “Hard Landing” in 2023 says World Bank

Growth in EAP is projected to decelerate to 5.1 percent in 2022, reflecting a slowdown in China. Thailand’s economy is expected to recover gradually over the next two years, with growth picking up in 2022 and strengthening to 4.3 percent in 2023.

Global Community Steps Up with $93 Billion Support Package for World’s Poorest Countries

 The World Bank today announced a $93 billion replenishment package of the International Development Association (IDA) to help low-income countries respond to the COVID-19 crisis and build a greener, more resilient, and inclusive future.

World Bank keeps Thai growth outlook at 1% this year but expects 3.9% in 2022

Thailand’s economy is still expected to grow 1% this year due to the impact of a coronavirus outbreak, but growth is expected to accelerate to 3.9% next year, driven by a recovery in service sector activity, according to the World Bank.

Insights into the impact of COVID-19 on Thailand’s households

In April 2020, the Thai government passed a 1 trillion baht borrowing decree to address health needs, provide relief, and economic recovery. An estimated 44 million Thais have benefitted from this social assistance and social insurance programs during the pandemic.