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Investment Incentives in Commonwealth Developed Countries and the WTO Investment Negotiations

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This volume contains studies of investment incentives and subsidies available for small businesses, economically disadvantaged or remote areas and indigenous or minority groups in the four developed countries of the Commonwealth. They were commissioned to show the breadth and diversity of such incentives in the developed countries, and, by implication, the diversity of measures that are WTOcompatible, or at least do not infringe – or have not been charged with infringing – the rules on the investment agreed under the GATT 1994 or the GATS.

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The purpose of this report is to identify the variety of government programmes and incentives available to small businesses and minority groups in the United Kingdom. The importance of these programmes is underlined by the fact that in 1996 small enterprises were responsible for 46 per cent of employment in the UK, and this has fallen gradually to 36 per cent in 2001. The level of support given to ethnic minorities is also important given that according to Bank of England estimates (2000), ethnic minorities own 7 per cent of the total UK business stock.

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