Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2013

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.




The development of information and communications technology (ICT) in the Asian and Pacific region continues at a high rate, catching most developed regions of the world. Today, more than half of the mobilecellular subscriptions in the world are located in the region. The ubiquity of mobile telephones and affordable communications contributes to the empowerment of previously marginalized and poor people through an increase in people-to-people connectivity and a facilitated exchange of knowledge. However, even though more people are now online, thanks to the rapid uptake in mobilebroadband technology, large disparities in terms of ICT access and use continue to exist in the region.


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