The 2012 edition of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific: Pursuing Shared Prosperity in an Era of Turbulence and High Commodity Prices, analyses the short and medium-term challenges for the region and the outlook for the year ahead.
This year, the Survey was released by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 10. Simultaneous launches took place in 32 locations in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa.
In Indonesia, the launch was held in Jakarta with participation of more than 100 distinguished participants from academia, research institutions, government officers, representatives from the Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the press. The event was well covered by the local media.
Dr. Katinka Weinberger, Head of CAPSA, gave an overview presentation on the main findings of the 2012 Economic and Social Survey. The survey highlights that the Asia and Pacific region has become a new growth pole for the world economy yet needs to build resilience and pursue a sustainable pathway to shared prosperity. Other prominent speakers were Dr. Pande Radja Silalahi, Head of the Department of Economics, Centre for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), and Dr. Prabowo, Director of PT Strategic Asia Indonesia, Jakarta.