This annual Survey provides an extensive review of current economic and social trends within the Asian region and analyzes the developments against the background of events in the world economy. The main focus of the 2003 edition is the effort of the public sector in education and health to reach women, the poor, people living in rural and remote areas, and other under privileged groups. Another topic is environmental degradation, which often accompanies rapid economic growth and adversely affects the lives of the poor. The Survey examines the links between the environment and poverty and recommends actions to protect the former and reduce the latter. This publication is invaluable to every multinational corporation intending to increase business in Asia or to invest in the region.