Can Asia-Pacific achieve sustainable energy for all?

The Asia-Pacific region, comprised of 58 economies, is geographically expansive and a picture of diversity. The trends for sustainable energy in Asia-Pacific, which mirror the region’s economic and resource diversity, are underscored by the fact that Asia-Pacific comprises 60 percent of the global population, generates 32 percent of global GDP, consumes more than half of the global energy supply, while generating 55 percent of global emissions from fuel combustion.

The region’s sustainable energy picture is captured in a new report by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), entitled “Asia-Pacific Progress in Sustainable Energy: A Global Tracking Framework 2017 Regional Assessment Report.” The report is based on the World Bank and International Energy Agency’s Global Tracking Framework (GTF), which tracks the progress of countries on energy access, energy efficiency, and renewable energy under Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7).

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Ec2: DEVELOPMENT OF COASTAL MULTI-HAZARD MAPPING, VULNERABILITY AND RISK ASSESSMENTS AND INVESTMENT FRAMEWORK FOR COASTAL INTERVENTIONS IN SELECTED COASTAL COMMUNITIES IN VIETNAM

Deadline: 10-Feb-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The World Bank is providing support to the Government of Vietnam (GoV) for the implementation of the second phase of the Technical Assistance (TA) funded by the imagesGlobal Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Supporting Resilience of Critical Infrastructure Investments in Vietnam, which was undertaken in 2016-2017 in the coastal regions of Northern and Central Vietnam, and which aimed at obtaining a rapid overview of the greatest coastal risks in these regions. This TA was thought of as a first phase to be followed up by a second phase where a detailed assessment of these risks would be undertaken in selected areas, and the necessary measures and investments that could mitigate the consequences of these hazards would be identified and prioritized.

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Stronger Investment and Export Growth Continue to Strengthen Indonesia’s Economy

JAKARTA, December 14, 2017 — The Indonesian economy continued to expand at a solid pace during the third quarter of 2017 helped by commodity tailwinds and stronger domestic and external demand, according to the World Bank’s December 2017 Indonesia Economic Quarterly.

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Real GDP growth increased from 5.0 percent in the second quarter to 5.1 percent in the third quarter of 2017. Investment growth rose to its highest level in more than four years and foreign direct investment recorded the largest net inflow in more than seven years. Export and import volumes registered double-digit growth for the first time since 2012.

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eC2: Enhancing technical skills for analyzing and advocating private sector and investment climate reform issues in Bangladesh

Deadline: 19-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: Bangladesh has set a national target to improve its business climate by 2021. In achieving this target, private sector stakeholders can play a significant role by identifying, analyzing, prioritizing and advocating relevant reform issues. As part of its investment competitiveness and private sector reforms engagement, WBG is supporting Bangladesh in selected reform areas. This assignment aims to enhance analytical capacity for reform advocacy of key stakeholders who engage actively with the government in private sector and investment climate policy dialogues.

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eC2: PPP Capacity Building for Mass Transit Development in Hanoi, Vietnam

Deadline: 11-Dec-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: The World Bank is seeking a consultant to (1) develop a private sector strategy that determines opportunities for private sector financing of urban transport projects in Hanoi, Vietnam and (2) build institutional capacity within the Hanoi government for implementing the private sector strategy, including PPP.

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eC2: Marketing and Communication Firm – Lighting Myanmar Consumer Education Campaign

Deadline: 31-Oct-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

Objective: To this end, IFC will recruit a marketing/communications firm to design and implement a campaign to educate consumers about the opportunities that quality-verified off-grid solar products present, and assist them in making informed purchasing decisions. The main objective of the campaign is to increase sales of high-quality solar products, to support creation of a sustainable commercial market for these products in Myanmar. The campaign should reach rural consumers primarily, as well as urban consumers at the township level and other stakeholders such as urban-migrated family members of villagers, through a broad range of marketing and public awareness activities tailored to address the specific needs of low income households. The campaign will include multiple delivery channels, drawing on the experience from other Lighting programs and adapting them to the Myanmar market.

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Official opening of the Annual Meetings 2017

Today, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will officially be opened by the president of the World Bank Group: Jim Yong Kim.  Furthermore there will be held some more interesting events for 10/12/2017. Below there is more information about these events. Enjoy! You are even able to participate within these events through the World Bank Live.

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Annual Meetings 2017: join the World Bank Live!

Next week, the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) take place from upcoming October 10 to October 14  in Washington DC. During this meetings the Board of Governs of the attentive organizations will debate in the field of topics associated with poverty reduction, international economic development and finance.

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In order to make these meetings accessible for the wide audience, World bank Live will daily stream several events in different languages such as English, Spanish, French and Arabic.  The subjects of the Flagship events of the Annual Meetings vary from Human Capital Summit to digital economy and education. If you are interested within accompany the dialogues through the broadcast of Worldbank live, check out the whole program here and join the World Bank’s Live online event. You are also able to submit questions before the events. Below you will find a short selection of these upcoming events concurrently with the Annual Meetings 2017.

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Towards a cleaner Bangladesh: Safe water, sanitation, and hygiene for all

Community-Led Total Sanitation might be the greatest Bangladeshi export you’ve never heard of.  In countries across Asia, Africa and lgsp1Latin America, a consensus has emerged that the best approach is Community-Led Total Sanitation, which is widely credited with changing people’s behavior around the world to no longer defecate in the open, which has greatly improved global health.
Bangladeshis can take plenty of pride in these far-away accomplishments. That’s because it is Northern Bangladesh – more specifically the Mosmoil village in Rajshahi district – that pioneered this approach seventeen years ago. Its success at home led to its widespread adoption abroad.

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Betting on Bankability: Picking up the pace of Manila’s Light Rail Transit system

When the Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension project reached financial close in March 2016 it was a landmark event for the Philippines and for Southeast Asia. It is an achievement for an enormous project worth some US$1.1 billion to go ahead in a region with not much of a track record of large-scale transport Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). The project’s winning formula is a combination of at-times difficult ingredients: government responsiveness, a balanced risk profile, and project bankability. Continue reading