The Asia-Pacific region has become a key driver of global politics and economics and is closely tied to America’s security and prosperity. Today, Asia represents more than half the world’s population, and is the most dynamic and fastest-growing region in the world with a middle class of about a billion people. Robust economic growth, rapid technological change and increasing interconnectivity make Asia a progressively important market for U.S. exports and a key U.S. foreign policy priority.
Many of Asia’s nations are expected to meet most United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals by the target date of 2015, but critical hurdles to positive growth and progress remain. USAID’s regional programs work to address key transnational issues threatening to compromise economic prosperity and security in Asia.
Last updated: March 13, 2014