This publication provides updated statistics on a comprehensive set of economic, financial, social, and environmental measures as well as select indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The vital data within Key Indicators are now accessible in a digitized format, with the new Key Indicators Database.
The report covers the 49 regional members of ADB. It discusses trends in development progress and the challenges to achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth across Asia and the Pacific. This 52nd edition discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the challenges of meeting development targets, which needed urgent attention even before the global health crisis began.
To put into practice the "leave no one behind" principle of the SDGs, the availability of more detailed and informative data is crucial. With the pandemic intensifying society's reliance on digital platforms for remote working and learning, as well as for shopping and entertainment, the 2021 report features a special supplement, Capturing the Digital Economy: A Proposed Measurement Framework and Its Applications,which is rooted in input-output analysis and uses readily available national accounts data. The study provides a sound basis on which to assess the relative importance of the digital economy in national and global production processes.
Part I. Sustainable Development Goals
The SDGs comprise 169 targets across 17 goals to be achieved by 2030. This section includes data tables and brief analyses of trends in select SDG indicators for which data are available. The indicators are presented according to the United Nations SDG global indicator framework.
Part II. Region at a Glance
The regional tables are grouped into eight themes: People; Economy and Output; Money, Finance, and Prices; Globalization; Transport and Communications; Energy and Electricity; Environment; and Government and Governance. This chapter also presents analysis of key trends for select indicators, highlighting important recent developments in Asia and the Pacific.
Part III. Global Value Chains
This chapter depicts participation in global value chains by economies of Asia and the Pacific, and their sector-specific comparative advantage in terms of exports. Participation in value chains involves cross-border trading transactions of inputs used in different stages of production—from raw materials, to intermediate inputs, up to the final products purchased by the end consumers.
Part IV. Stories Behind the Data
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to invest in generating timely data that can inform and assess effective policies and interventions, especially during periods of uncertainty. This chapter presents recent initiatives by national statistical systems to meet the demand for timely data, and addresses how such initiatives have been accelerated by the pandemic.