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An encouraging Growth Report

Commission On Growth

I have had a chance only to skim the Intro­duc­tion but I already like the Report from the Com­mis­sion on Growth and Devel­op­ment. Its under­stand­ing of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment tes­ti­fies to the authors’ deep expe­ri­ence. Exam­ine a devel­op­ing econ­o­my sink­ing into pover­ty and you will usu­al­ly find dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances (geog­ra­phy, demog­ra­phy, his­to­ry) but also, in every case, gov­ern­ment that is mediocre at best; often self-serv­ing and unac­count­able.

Suc­cess­ful cas­es share a fur­ther char­ac­ter­is­tic: an increas­ing­ly capa­ble, cred­i­ble, and com­mit­ted gov­ern­ment. Growth at such a quick pace, over such a long peri­od, requires strong polit­i­cal lead­er­ship. Pol­i­cy mak­ers have to choose a growth strat­e­gy, com­mu­ni­cate their goals to the pub­lic, and con­vince peo­ple that the future rewards are worth the effort, thrift, and eco­nom­ic upheaval. They will suc­ceed only if their promis­es are cred­i­ble and inclu­sive…

WTO and Developing Countries

here to open WTODC in a new win­dow”>WTO and Developing Countries Cover page

The World Trade Orga­ni­za­tion has com­mis­sioned Inquit to write a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions. One of the first—in 1999—was “WTO and Devel­op­ing Coun­tries”, which described the impact on Devel­op­ing Coun­try mem­bers of the Uruguay Round Agree­ments and the pro­vi­sions that the agree­ments made specif­i­cal­ly for devel­op­ment.

Why market access matters to developing countries

Just before the Sep­tem­ber 2003 Can­cún Min­is­te­r­i­al Con­fer­ence of WTO, the Aus­tralian Nation­al Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion com­m­mis­sioned me to write a pam­phlet for the Cairns’ Group Farm Lead­ers’ meet­ing on the impor­tance of mar­ket access to devel­op­ing coun­try gains in the Doha Round of trade nego­ti­a­tions.

Although it’s now more than three years old, and the trade data is a lit­tle dat­ed, the analy­sis still works. You can down­load a some­what col­or­ful print­ed ver­sion of the book­let from web­site of the Rur­al Indus­try Research and Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, who pub­lished the pam­phlet for NFF.

WTO seen from the banks of the Zambezi

A great “report”:http://news.ft.com/cms/s/53fcfb32-65fe-11da-8f40-0000779e2340.html from Alan Beat­tie of the frus­tra­tions of Dipak Patel, the Zam­bian Min­is­ter for Trade, try­ing to man­age the inter­ests of a least-devel­oped African econ­o­my in the glob­al trad­ing sys­tem Beat­tie’ report is full of accu­rate­ly observed detail, not just about the sar­cas­tic Patel’s des­per­ate lack of resources but also about the hope­less­ly […]