Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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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.



Growth and structural change

The Asia-Pacific region has been one of the fastest growing regions in the world since the 1970s. The region grew at more than 4% on average, compared with a global average of 3%, until the global financial and economic crisis hit in 2008. Between 1970 and 2012, the region’s real GDP rose from around $3 trillion to over $16 trillion. Similarly, real per capita income rose from $1,379 in 1970 to $3,947 in 2012.


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