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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched a new app bringing the latest macroeconomic and social data on the Asia-Pacific region directly to mobile devices.

“Increasingly people are using mobile devices to search for data and to monitor economic and social trends,” said Changyong Rhee, ADB’s chief economist. “Navigation on this new app is intuitive and most of the data is interactive, making it very easy to use.”

The AsiaData mobile app gives free access to a range of macroeconomic and social indicators, including economy and output; money, finance, and prices; people; globalization; transport, electricity, and communication; energy and environment; and government and governance.

It provides extensive data on member-countries sourced from Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific, ADB’s annual statistical publication. Data sourced from national statistics offices, central banks, and other international organizations are accessible through a simple visualization tool for mobile devices, said an official company release.

The app also allows users to construct their own graphs and tables using any of the 217 featured indicators for any of ADB’s 48 regional members. Users can compare countries for one indicator, or compare indicator trends of a country. Similar to ready-made graphs, user-defined graphs can be saved or shared, and corresponding data tables can also be shown.

 

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