Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 23

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ISLAMABAD -- Exports of pharmaceutical goods have grown more than 26 percent during the first half of the current fiscal year 2022-2023 as compared to the same period of last fiscal year, figures from the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed on Monday.

In terms of quantity, exports of pharmaceutical goods increased by 88.21 percent from 15,197 tons to 28,603 tons during the period, the data showed. (Pakistan-Pharmaceutical Goods-Export)

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DHAKA -- The Bangladeshi government has made a plea to the development partners including the World Bank (WB) to continue their support to the country to attain its development goals.

Bangladeshi Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call while addressing a function marking the celebration of 50 years of partnership between the Bangladeshi government and the World Bank in the capital Dhaka on Sunday. (Bangladesh-Development Partners-Call)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday warned that the country is on the "edge of losing its social function" owing to its plunging birthrate and addressing this will be the government's top priority.

The Japanese leader highlighted that births last year are estimated to have fallen below the 800,000 mark for the first time since the government data available. (Japan-Kishida-Falling Birthrate-Top Priority-Policy Speech)

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao government has outlined the 2023 work plan, vowing to take stronger action to revitalize the stagnating economy, notably by stabilizing currency exchange rates, curbing inflation, and amassing more revenue to boost its spending power.

The pledge is part of the government's continuing efforts to fulfil the goals of its two national agendas, which aim to ease the country's economic and financial difficulties and stem the rising tide of drug trafficking. (Laos-Economy-Revitalization) Enditem

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