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What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?
January 10, 2023

What Are Central Asia’s Economic Prospects in 2023?

By Catherine Putz
The war in Ukraine, in particular, is putting a drag on economies across Central Asia.

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy
November 01, 2022

To Withstand Global Shocks, Uzbekistan Needs to Continue Reforms and Build an Inclusive Market Economy

By Anna Bjerde
Uzbekistan has made impressive development gains over the past five years by relentlessly pursuing the path of market-oriented reforms. 
Vietnam Becomes Asia’s Economic Leader as China’s Growth Decelerates
September 28, 2022

Vietnam Becomes Asia’s Economic Leader as China’s Growth Decelerates

By Sebastian Strangio
Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, the picture was cautiously positive as the region's economies finally moved out of their pandemic-induced slumps.

World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses
May 05, 2022

World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
Two Cambodian civil society groups claim that "reckless" micro-lending has contributed to a brewing rural debt crisis.

World Bank Shaves 2022 Growth Projections for Southeast Asia
April 06, 2022

World Bank Shaves 2022 Growth Projections for Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
Slowing Chinese growth, U.S. monetary tightening, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine have weighed on this year's growth prospects.

World Bank Says Myanmar’s Economic Outlook is ‘Critically Weak’
January 27, 2022

World Bank Says Myanmar’s Economic Outlook is ‘Critically Weak’

By Sebastian Strangio
The Bank estimates that Myanmar's economy is 30 percent smaller than it would have been were it not for the coup and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?
September 23, 2021

Can ‘Good’ Economics Coexist with ‘Bad’ Politics?

By Simon Commander
Across the former Soviet Union, improved rankings for selective governance indicators tend to give a misleading view of governments' ability to reform themselves.
A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan
August 12, 2021

A COVID-19 Loan for COVID-Denying Turkmenistan

By Lorena Cotza
The World Bank approved a COVID-19 loan for Turkmenistan, despite journalists reporting on the pandemic there being thrown in jail.

Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 
June 26, 2021

Envisioning Central Asia’s Green Recovery 

By Anna Bjerde
For Central Asia, a green, resilient, and inclusive recovery opens great opportunities for prosperity.

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia
June 09, 2021

World Bank: Uncertainty in Post-COVID Recovery in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Although forecasts have improved slightly, the World Bank warns of considerable uncertainty when it comes to post-COVID recovery in the Europe and Central Asia region.

Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19
March 26, 2021

Asia-Pacific Nations Face Uneven Economic Recovery From COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The World Bank's projections suggest that the region will bear the scars of COVID-19 for many years to come.
Why the World Bank Torched its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Ranking
October 07, 2020

Why the World Bank Torched its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ Ranking

By James Guild
In addition to encouraging bad economic policy-making, the ranking incentivized nations to game the system.

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