The Asia-Pacific Development Journal is published twice a year by the Macroecomic Policy and Development Division of the United Nations Ecomic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the Asia-Pacific Development Journal is to provide a platform for the exchange of kwledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of ecomic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The Asian development experience has stood out as an extraordinary example of what can be achieved when policymakers, experts, scholars and people at large harness their creativity, kwledge and foresight. The Asia-Pacific Development Journal has been a proud partner in this process, providing a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. Over the years, the Journal has emerged as a key United Nations publication in telling the Asian development story in a concise, coherent and impartial manner to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.