Small States

Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 8

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This is the eighth issue of this annual publication, which was previously published under the title 'Basic Statistical Data on Selected Countries (with populations of less than 5 million)'. As in the previous issue, the publication is in two parts. The first section provides a narrative focusing on the recent economic performance of Commonwealth small states. It also contains two feature articles on 'Small Vulnerable Economy Issues and the WTO' and 'Small Island States in the Face of Climatic Change: The End of the Line in International Environmental Responsibility'. The second part of the book provides social and economic data on small states. These are presented in 51 tables. In order to maintain the continuity of the series, the country coverage and country groupings based on income are the same as those used in previous issues of this publication.



Small Vulnerable Economy Issues and the WTO

Since the second Ministerial Conference of the WTO held in Geneva in 1998, there has been an attempt by small vulnerable economies (SVEs) to achieve some measure of recognition of the particular problems that confront them in the process of globalisation. At the failed Seattle Ministerial Conference the establishment of a work programme for small economies was agreed to by members, but as the draft text was not accepted it was not until the fourth session in Doha that a small economies work programme was agreed.


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