Statistical notes and tables
The statistical appendix presents selected economic indicators for 44
developing member countries of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and
for Brunei Darussalam, an unclassified regional member, in 23 tables.
The economies are grouped into five subregions: Central Asia, East Asia,
South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Most of the tables contain
historical data for 2004 to 2008; some have forecasts for 2009 and 2010.
The data were standardized to the degree possible to allow
comparability over time and across economies, but differences in
statistical methodology, definitions, coverage, and practices make full
comparability impossible. The national income accounts section is based
on the United Nations System of National Accounts, while the balance
of- payments data are based on International Monetary Fund (IMF)
accounting standards. Historical data were obtained from official sources,
statistical publications and databases, and documents of ADB, IMF, and
World Bank. Projections for 2008 and 2009 are generally staff estimates
made on the basis of available quarterly or monthly data, although some
projections are from governments.
Most countries report on a calendar-year basis. Some economies
record their government finance data on a fiscal year basis, such as:
Armenia; Azerbaijan; Hong Kong, China; Cook Islands; Kazakhstan;
Kyrgyz Republic; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR); Samoa;
Taipei,China; Tajikistan; Thailand; and Uzbekistan. Federated States of
Micronesia; Nauru; Republic of Marshall Islands; and Republic of Palau
(hereafter Palau) report government finance and balance-of-payments
data on a fiscal year basis. South Asian countries (except for Maldives and
Sri Lanka) and Tonga report all variables on a fiscal year basis.
Regional and subregional averages/totals are provided for nine tables
(A1, A2, A8, A10, A11, A12, A13, A14, and A15). For tables A1, A2, A8,
and A15, the averages are computed using weights derived fro