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15 февраля, 08:45

Low-emission Buses Help Cut Congestion and Pollution in Kathmandu

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A fleet of 17 new high-tech, low-emission buses is taking to the roads in Kathmandu, helping cut congestion and pollution in Nepal's busy capital city. Passengers can also use cards to pay their fare, while the buses themselves are disabled-friendly. A Global Positioning System (GPS) also lets passengers track buses in real time. This public private partnership initiative between transport operators and the Government of Nepal, is part of an ADB project to improve mass transport in Kathmandu Valley.

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13 февраля, 04:40

Reviving the Basmati Rice Farming Industry in Pakistan

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Basmati rice is one of Pakistan’s premium export crops and supports the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people, most of whom farm in the Punjab. However, in recent years profits have been squeezed for farmers as their traditional techniques such as planting seedlings by hand require costly labor and water inputs, and often result in low yields. The Asian Development Bank recently worked with the Government of the Punjab and rural service providers to introduce farm machinery that directly seeds rice onto paddy fields. In a short time, this technology has helped thousands of basmati farmers to produce more rice at a lower cost.

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12 февраля, 03:41

Access to Finance Stimulates Small Business Growth in Timor-Leste

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For Carlota da Silva, a trader who runs a general store in the market of Liquiça, Timor-Leste, bank loans have allowed her business to grow over the years. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) helped launch Timor-Leste’s first locally-owned commercial bank that provides loans to individuals and businesses. The National Commercial Bank of Timor-Leste, known as NCBTL, now has branches in towns and rural areas across the country. Access to credit is helping Timor-Leste diversify the economy beyond petroleum, making it more inclusive and resilient to external shocks.

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08 февраля, 04:36

Powering the Engines of Economic Growth in Bangladesh

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Under ADB’s South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation program, Bangladesh Railway is modernizing its infrastructure and rolling stock, while building connectivity with neighboring countries. Railway infrastructure has improved remarkably: double-tracking has increased railway capacity, while new railway bridges have reduced travelling time. The ADB-Bangladesh partnership is helping boost sustainable economic growth and poverty-reduction in the country through the modernization of the railways. Since 1973, ADB has provided loans totaling $1.7 billion for the rehabilitation and development of Bangladesh Railway.

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14 января, 08:57

Reformed School Curriculum Helps Filipino Students Find Jobs

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In 2013, the Philippines reformed its basic education program, extending the pre-university education from 10 to 12 years, starting from Kindergarten to Senior High School – also called K to 12. The Asian Development Bank provided financial support to the K to 12 reform. The new curriculum lets students choose to whether to concentrate on vocational skills, or pursue higher academic learning in preparation for college. This brought the country at par with the rest of Asia. The first batch of K to 12 graduates received their diplomas in April 2018. The 1.2 million graduates, more than half of whom came from public schools, are now better equipped to face the future and contribute to society.

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09 января, 09:18

Citizen views on transportation in Gui'an, China

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ADB specialists asked residents of Gui'an in the People's Republic of China about their transport needs.

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09 января, 04:28

Bula Vinaka! ADB Invites Delegates to its 52nd Annual Meeting

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ADB Secretary Eugenue Zhukov extends an advanced welcome to delegates of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the ADB Board of Governors, which will be held in Nadi, Fiji, from 2 to 5 May 2019. The event will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss issues ranging from climate change and disaster resilience, to the promotion of healthy oceans and women entrepreneurs.

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17 декабря 2018, 04:58

Women Entrepreneurs Are Agents of Growth in Armenia's SME Sector

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Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises play a critical role in the empowerment and economic freedom of women in Armenia, who are increasingly becoming agents of growth for the country's economy. ADB has provided more than $40 million to support the development of Armenia’s small business sector since 2012. Through the program, women entrepreneurs, including start-ups, received training, mentorship and business development support.

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14 декабря 2018, 10:44

Natural Disasters Fund Helps Pakistan Reduce Vulnerability to Extreme Events

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A fund set up to finance up to 70% of the cost of natural disasters-resilient projects is helping Pakistan enhance its resilience and reduce its socioeconomic and fiscal vulnerability to earthquakes and extreme weather events. The Asian Development Bank assisted the Government of Pakistan set up the multi-donor National Disaster Management Fund with an initial contribution of $200 million. Pakistan is a disaster-prone country with earthquakes, frequent floods, and other disasters caused by climate change.

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10 декабря 2018, 10:15

Safe Blood Transfusions for Mongolia's Patients

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The Asian Development Bank is helping Mongolia improve the safety of patients and health workers in hospitals, focusing on the safety of blood products, also known as hemovigilance. Under the $30 million project, new technologies and protocols have been introduced. These included the launch of a national blood transfusion center and its 21 branch blood banks nationwide, as well as the renovation and deployment of equipment for hospital sterilization and microbiology laboratories to prevent and control hospital-acquired infections. The initiative led to a three-fold increase of blood products in the national blood transfusion center, while at a national level the increase was five-fold.

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21 ноября 2018, 04:54

Assisting Mongolia on its Path to Economic Recovery

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ADB’s assistance program to Mongolia is focusing on providing support for economic and social stability, connectivity and economic diversification, and tackling climate change, says ADB Country Director Yolanda Fernandez Lommen.

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19 ноября 2018, 10:24

New Era of Water Abundance for Armenia's Rural and Urban Communities

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More than 12,000 utility customers in Armenia's heartland region of Ararat can now enjoy 24/7 water and sanitation services after years of hardship and sacrifice. The project, which was supported by the Asian Development Bank, improved water supply through the construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure that had been badly neglected since Armenia's independence in 1991. This included the construction of a water network and a sewerage system, the installation of a water meter chambers, and the rehabilitation and construction of water supply reservoirs. Chlorination and pumping stations were also built.