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2019 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2019 – Update

Responding to Environmental Hazards in Cities

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The Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India is a bi-annual publication on regional economic growth, development and regional integration in Emerging Asia. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

The update of the Outlook comprises three main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. The second and third parts consist of special thematic chapters addressing a major issue facing the region. This update focuses on smart cities, discussing in particular smart city strategies and urban environmental risks.

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Addressing urban environmental risks

Environmental hazards are a rising challenge for cities in Emerging Asia. As urban areas are growing rapidly in the region, managing levels of air pollution is increasingly important in the region. Policy makers need to co-ordinate across levels of government to reduce emissions in a targeted way and promote resilience against natural disaster risks. Progress can be made through the expansion of public transport systems, the reduction of power generation emissions occurring close to cities and by setting more stringent regulations for polluting industries among others.

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