East Asia and Pacific remains the world’s growth engine despite a challenging external environment, with developing economies growing by 7.2% in 2013. The proportion of people living in poverty in the region has steadily declined—less than 10% of the population lives on $1.25 a day—but much more needs to be done as there are still close to half a billion people living on $2 a day.
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Dr. Chanthala, a Lao national, is a Health Specialist for the World Bank in Lao PDR. Based in Vientiane, he oversees the Health Services Improvement Project, serves on the Community Nutrition Project ... Show More +task team, and does analytical health sector work. Show Less -
Khwima Nthara, a Malawian national, is the World Bank’s Senior Country Economist for Myanmar. Currently based in Bangkok, Thailand, he is part of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) department.