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East Asia & the Pacific

East Asia & the Pacific 

Women entrepreneurs often face difficulties in obtaining loans in China, but Internet technology is helping to change that.
Can China’s brands go truly global amid slowing domestic growth and increased costs?
Businesses benefit where governments are unable or unwilling to protect human rights, right? Wrong, according to IFC’s PNG representative Carolyn Blacklock and World Bank consultant Sadaf Lakhani.
At the 9th Lao Business Forum, the Hydropower Developers’ Working Group (HDWG) of the Lao PDR presented its first statement on sector issues, part of its effort to effect sustainable change within the country’s hydropower sector.
Experts agree that private sector involvement will be essential to sustainably develop the Mekong Basin. Yet cooperation and information sharing between the private sector and the Mekong River Commission (MRC) remains limited.


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IFC East Asia & the Pacific

IFC in East Asia and the Pacific focuses on supporting sustainable, private sector-led development to ensure the region’s economic growth reaches all segments of society. Around half of our investments in fiscal year 2012 were in the region’s poorest countries with IFC opening up access to finance for small and medium enterprises, connecting rural households to electricity for the first time, improving access to healthcare, and fighting climate change by improving energy efficiency.

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