Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1995

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The annual Survey provides an extensive annual review of current economic and social trends within the Asian region and analyzes these developments against the background of events in the world economy. This publication is invaluable to every multinational corporation intending to expand their business in Asia or to invest in the region. Please note: This issue of the Survey, published in 1995, has been titled 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1995'. It marks a break with the past practice of using the year preceding the actual year of publication in the title. Hence there will be no issue of the Survey under the title 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 1994.'



Social security

Despite commendable economic progress, the ESCAP region remains beset with many social problems. One of these is persistent poverty. Sustained economic growth and various types of policy interventions have reduced the incidence of poverty quite considerably in some countries of the region. Yet, large proportions of the population of many countries, amounting to very large absolute numbers of people, remain poor. Indeed three fourths of the world’s poor people live in the region. Poverty manifests itself in many forms of deprivation which become permanent features in the life of those who are its victims. Inadequate food and nutrition, and health, education, housing and sanitation facilities are the principal forms of deprivation.


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