This Survey for 1981 is the thirty-fifth in a series of reports prepared annually by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It is wholly devoted to a review of recent economic and social developments and problems in the region, after noticing developments in the world economy which have had a direct effect upon the region’s recent progress.
Like previous Surveys, it is published on the sole responsibility of the ESCAP secretariat; the views expressed are not, therefore, necessarily those of the Commission or the Governments of its members and associate members.
It differs, however, from previous Surveys in having a new format. This involves printing on art paper, using colour for figures, and using text boxes to consider countries for which the secretariat has less complete recent information, or else to consider topics which are relevant to the discussion of a particular chapter or section but not central to that discussion.