Small States

Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 13

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This unique annual collection of key economic and statistical data on states with fewer than five million inhabitants is an essential reference for economists, planners and policy-makers.

The Commonwealth’s base definition of small states is those with a population of less than one and a half million. For comparison purposes this volume presents, where available, data on states with a population of up to five million, since many share characteristics with the smaller ones.

The book contains fifty-four tables covering selected economic, social, demographic and Millennium Development Goal indicators culled from international and national sources and presents information unavailable elsewhere. A detailed parallel commentary on trends in Commonwealth small states, looking at growth, employment, inflation, human development, and economic policy, permits a deeper understanding of developments behind the figures. The book also includes four articles focusing on small and medium enterprises: ‘Small-scale Activities and the Productivity Divide’ by Naren Prasad, ‘Micro-, Small and Medium Enterprises Development: Lessons from Small States’, by David Ashiagbor, ‘Strengthening Supply Chains for Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in Namibia’, by Watipaso Mkandawire, and ‘Experiences in Micro-, Small and Medium Enterprises Networking Across Small States in the Commonwealth’, by Ram Venuprasad. Naren Prasad was formerly a research co-ordinator at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva and joined the ILO's International Institute for Labour Studies as a Development Economist in 2008. The other contributors are all advisers at the Commonwealth Secretariat.



Social and Economic Data on Small States

The set of statistical tables in this volume covers all small states (with populations of 1.5 million or less), as well as some other countries with populations of up to 5 million. The 54 tables that follow set out basic data on country size, together with the latest information on selected economic, social development and environmental indicators, and characteristics of the major sectors of small economies. It is hoped that the statistical data presented will form a useful supplement to those available from other sources on larger countries. In order to indicate the scope of the data presented in the tables and to outline the concepts and methodology used in their com - puta tion, a series of technical notes are presented. The sources cited at the foot of the tables provide more comprehensive explanations of the concepts used. Apart from international sources, a large number of national sources have been used in the com - pilation wherever definitions are comparable.


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