Coastline of about 3,400 kilometers facing the South China Sea giving access to shipping routes to China and Japan.
The Ho Chi Minh City port facilities strategic location for access to both Indian Ocean and South China Sea ranked 29th in the world, with cargo volumes surging more than 4 times from 1999 to 2009.
GDP rose by average of 7.3% annually over the last decade.
With a literacy rate of over 90%, adding over 1 million people a year to its workforce.
China has become a “banker” to Vietnam infrastructure with 4 out of 9 power projects use loans from China.
Chinese FDI in Vietnam was up 74% in 2010.
The largest producer of black pepper and the second-largest rice exporter and coffee producer in the world. Also the third-largest oil producer in Southeast Asia.
The level of internet users as a % of population in Pakistan is greater than Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and India.
Different than most developing economies in Asia, Pakistan’s industrial sector has a higher contribution to GDP than the agricultural component.
Gallup Pakistan in a June 2009 study estimated that total TV viewership in the country was 86 million with a near split between terrestrial and Sat/Cable technologies.
A high growth country, GDP averaged roughly 7% per annum from 2000-2007.
Highest urbanization in South Asia. The urban population is likely to equal its rural population by 2030.
The 4th largest milk producing country in the world with 45 billion liters per annum.
Pakistan is the 4th largest cotton producer in the world with 10.3 million bales in 2011.
Transitioned from an Absolute Monarchy to Constitutional Democracy Monarchy in 1998.
Bhutan, the only country that measures its progress by the level of happiness among its citizens. Four years ago prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley launched a gross national happiness (GNH) measure to guide public policy.
First country with a constitutional obligation of the population to preserve at least 60% of the nation’s forests.
Government forecasts the unemployment rate is forecast to drop to 2.5% be the end of 2012
Power generation from Hydropower is large and fast growing part of GDP with electricity sales accounting for over 25% of exports.
Nearly 50% of total trade value is with next door neighbor, India.
Agriculture remains Nepal's principal economic activity, employing 80% of the population and providing 37% of GDP.
The top income and corporate tax rate is 25%.
Woolen carpets are Nepal's largest export, earning the country over US$ 135 million per year.
Myanmar has massive mineral and gem resources, which are valued at billions of dollars. Reform over the last 18 months have inspired a “gold rush” from foreign investors.
Offshore Shwe and Shwephyu Fields are expected to hold between 5.7-10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
The major agricultural produce is rice which covers about 60% of the country's total cultivated land area. Was once the world's largest exporter of rice in the 1960s.
Produces more than 90% of the world’s rubies and fine-quality Jade.
The US has eased sanction on Myanmar and several US companies, including PepsiCo, have expressed their desire to do business in the country.
Benefits as a member of ASEAN group from China-Asean free trade agreement (FTA).
China is the largest financier of infrastructure projects.
About 85% of the cultivated area is devoted to the production of rice, while rubber trees account for a major part of the remainder.
The United States remains the largest export partner with nearly 50% of total exports.
From 2001-2010, the Cambodian economy expanded by, on average, 8% per year, with the garment sector and the tourism industry driving the growth, and inflation remaining relatively low.
Construction to begin on high-speed railway connecting capital of Vientiane with Kunming, China and to be completed in 2015 and China to finance 70% of US$4 billion cost.
China National Petroleum Corp. is financing a natural gas pipeline from Myanmar to Yunnan province.
Korea is the number one investor and China the number 2.
The government expects the economy to grow at 8.5% in 2012 with a trade surplus resulting from the export of commodities, including gold, copper, electricity, and garments.
Thailand continues to be main trading partner for exports and imports.
First stock exchange opened this January with 2 companies listing initially.
GDP has expanded by an average of 7.9% a year for the past 5 years.
Sri Lanka's 91% literacy rate in local languages and life expectancy of 75 years rank well above those of India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.
Chinese companies are largest investors in country’s major infrastructure projects.
The main economic sectors of the country are tourism, tea export, apparel, textile, rice production and other agricultural products.
Exports over 90% of the world trade in cinnamon.
Best performing international stock market in 2010 with a 96% return.
India was the largest source of foreign direct investment to Sri Lanka in 2010 with US$110 million committed.
Fourth largest rice producer in the world.
Southern port city of Chittagong is home to the world’s largest ship breaking yard.
Economists at Standard Chartered Bank believe that Bangladesh could join the “7 percent club” of economies that expand at least 7 percent annually for an extended period.
Home to the largest mangrove forest in the world and the world’s longest beach at Cox’s Bazaar.
The agriculture sector employs nearly 50% of the labor force and generates roughly 20% of GDP.
One of the largest democracies in the world, Bangladesh is also the third most populous Muslim nation.
Remains the largest exporter of Jute goods (carpet backing, twine, sacks) and the second largest producer of Jute globally.