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For the year 2000

The Best Government Reformer
How Asia Is Governed
The Best Local Administrator
The Best Activist

The Best Dealmaker
The Best IPO
The Best Stock
The Best Advocate of Shareholder Rights
The Best Fund Manager
The Best Cost Cutter

The Best Airport
The Best Hotel Service
The Best Hotel Gym
The Best Store
The Best Food

In Tune with Nature
The Best Forest Preserve
The Best City Park
The Best Transport
The Best Green Test
The Best Marine Preserve
The Best Marine Park

The Hottest Video Game
The Hottest Gadget
The Hottest Portal
The Best Asian Websites

The Hottest Fad
The Hottest Toy
The Hottest TV Show
The Hottest Album
The Best Movie
The Best Short Film


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The Best Enterprise

The Walkman, the VCR, the camcorder, the 3.5-inch disk, the CD — Sony Corporation's record of innovation, global brand-building, competitiveness and profitability makes it the best enterprise in Asia for the past 25 years, and maybe the last century. Corporate highlights from 1975 to today, plotted over Sony's share price.

The Best Agency

The Manila-based Asian Development Bank has been the region's premier development agency for 34 years. In its first quarter-century, it lent $37.6 billion for 1,039 projects, everything from roads and ports to school and industry upgrading. Loans approved last year totaled $5 billion. In recent years, the ADB, which groups 58 countries, 42 in Asia, has taken on the "soft" side of development, like funding a grant scheme to keep impoverished Thai kids in school. After the Asian Crisis, the bank has refocused on reducing poverty — still Asia's biggest bane.
— By Alejandro Reyes

The Best NGO

Bangladesh's 1974 famine got economics professor Muhammad Yunus wondering how the poor and landless could be given a better chance to improve their lot. A quarter-century and over $1 billion later, Yunus's Grameen Bank has defined the only market-friendly answer yet to that question — microcredit. Starting with modest collateral-free loans to poor Bangladeshi peasants, microcredit has given millions of Asians a start. Grameen Bank has engendered hundreds of similar NGOs across the globe. As one academic described it, the poor man and woman's lender has spawned "a silent revolution from below."
— By Dan Woodley

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