Promoting economic growth – fighting poverty – mitigating climate change

No other region of the world displays such a wide spectrum of de­vel­op­ment status as Asia. Emerg­ing economies such as China, India and Indonesia are gain­ing in­creas­ing political and eco­nom­ic clout at the global level. By contrast, states such as Mongolia, Nepal and Tajikistan have so far been barely able to profit from eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment in the region. Dif­ferentiating our co­op­er­a­tion with these highly diverse partner coun­tries is there­fore a special chal­lenge for German de­vel­op­ment policy. The promotion of regional co­op­er­a­tion in Asia is a par­tic­u­lar con­cern of Ger­man de­vel­op­ment policy. Trans-national and similar problems are to be resolved joint­ly by the Asian states. Regional associations, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are to be con­sol­i­dated. This not only fosters eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment but also helps achieve political stability in the region.

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