Stephen Groff

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No reason for city clusters not to succeed

In a debate on "Urbanization: Testing the City Cluster Model" that we (Asian Development Bank officials) participated in at the Boao Forum for Asia …

Smart Cities

Stephen Groff: Illiberal impulses and the First Amendment

<i>Editor’s note: This commentary is by Stephen Groff, who grew up in Warren and has spent the last 30 years working on sustainable development issues</i> …

To Resist the Robots, Invest in People

Widespread automation has yet to come to Asia's developing economies; but it will soon enough, and governments would do well to start preparing their …

Putting out Indonesia’s Fires, by Stephen Groff

MANILA – Every year, forest fires ravage Indonesia, causing massive environmental, social, and economic devastation. This year’s fires are the …

The Next Migrant Wave, by Stephen Groff

MANILA – Imagine that you are a farmer. Your crops are withering as weather patterns become more volatile, your well water is too salty to drink, and …

27Feb

In Need of Commonsense Gun Laws

As everyone knows, autumn is a spectacular time of year in Vermont. Growing up in Warren forty years ago, I have vivid memories of the beautiful colors, the clean crisp smells and the crunching sounds of dried leaves under my feet. Fall is also hunting season when intrepid Vermonters wake up early …

A Buffer Against Protectionism

Asia and the Pacific’s stellar growth over the last few decades didn’t happen by accident. It was a long, difficult process, driven largely by exports but anchored in deliberate and thoroughgoing efforts to promote economic cooperation and integration. The region’s share of global gross domestic …

Partnership can deliver better infrastructure in PNG -- by Stephen P. Groff

ADB sees an important role for PPPs in developing PNG’s infrastructure and meeting its development goals.

Stephen Groff: Climate change challenges for Vermont

<i>Editor’s note: This commentary is by Stephen Groff, who grew up in Warren and has spent the last 30 years working on sustainable development issues</i> …

Stephen Groff: Immigration bans are bad for Vermont

<i>Editor’s note: This commentary is by Stephen Groff, who grew up in Warren and has spent the last 30 years working on sustainable development issues</i> …

An Infrastructure Crisis?

During his address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Trump announced the administration’s intention to push legislation for $1 trillion of investment in the country’s infrastructure. He need not look very far. Vermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, together with …

How Will ASEAN Members Cope with Their Climate Change Challenge?

In this opinion piece, Stephen Groff, the Asian Development Bank's vice president for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, argues that regional …

Challenges Facing Asia and Pacific in Terms of Sustainable Development

<i>Stephen P. Groff, Vice President (South East Asia, East Asia and the Pacific), Asian Development Bank</i>Despite great strides in reducing the number of …

Let’s scale up, vary access to SME finance to boost Asia’s growth, cross-border trade -- by Stephen P. Groff

We need to make the best possible use of all financial instruments in our national and regional tool boxes so SMEs in Asia can continue driving …

China can balance eco-protection with growth - Opinion

China faces a fundamental challenge: How to balance environment protection with economic growth? Environmental protection can yield huge social …

How private sources of development finance could be key to Asia's future

As the world’s economic growth engine, Asia is uniquely placed to provide a blueprint for ending poverty and realising sustainable development. The challenge is not where to find resources to achieve these goals, but rather how to unlock the resources already available.<p>Private sources of …

Economic Development

Overcoming Southeast Asia’s Barriers to Trade

A stronger Asean could make the changes the region’s economic community needs.<p>The launch of the Asean Economic Community in six months will be a critical moment for Southeast Asia. Trade is the key to the future of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, driving the growth needed to lift its 10 …

South-east Asia

New economic corridors catalyst for connectivity

Twenty-five years ago, Yunnan province was one of China's most isolated and impoverished regions, due to its inland location and mountainous terrain. …

unbanked | Asia Pathways

Every time I stop and withdraw cash from an ATM or use my credit card to buy something online, I wonder how many people in Asia have access to such …

Indonesia: On track for a strong recovery

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia'€™s democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new …

Yolanda, one year later: From relief to reconstruction

Today marks one year since the terrible day Typhoon Yolanda tore through the heart of the Philippines, leaving thousands of people dead and millions …

Development Partnerships for Infrastructure Offer More than Just Cash - Stephen Groff

Op-Ed / Opinion | 24 October 2014<p>In the 12 years since Timor-Leste won independence it has drawn on foreign assistance and oil revenues to rebuild …

Fast tracking Myanmar’s Reform - Stephen Groff

Op-Ed / Opinion | 19 October 2014<p>Over just three years, Myanmar has introduced ambitious reforms that have put it on track to become a modern …

Shifting the Gear toward Green Growth

Op-Ed / Opinion | 17 October 2013<p>The uncertain global economy has created a volatile environment for policy makers in the People’s Republic of China …

Asean's Infrastructure Crisis

Leaders need to step up before inadequate infrastructure cripples the region's economic potential.<p>Southeast Asia has weathered its share of economic crises, usually emerging stronger. The 1997 Asian financial crisis spurred an overhaul of its financial systems and increased its resilience during …