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AuthorUnited Nations Conference on Trade and Development
TitleThe Least Developed Countries Report 1997
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 1997
Descript xii, IX, 192 p. : charts, graphs, tables


Thirteenth in the series, the Report focuses the attention of the international community on the key developmental challenges facing LDCs. In Part One it examines economic developments in LDCs during 1996 and prospects for 1997; reviews recent developments in official development assistance flows and LDCs' external debt, examines the impact of recent economic reforms in LDCs and why the economic performance of some LDCs has improved while that of many others has not; and addresses commodity issues. Part Two focuses on the agricultural sector in LDCs. It reviews the impact of their agricultural policy reforms, the major constraints on sustainable agricultural development, and the likely effects of changes in the international trading system on LDCs' agriculture. Part Three considers the circumstances of a number of LDCs whose performance as regards certain economic and social indicators over the past decade has been significantly worse than average. These "economies in regress" often experience a progressive deterioration in the State's capacities to carry out basic functions, such as the maintenance of law and order and the provision of essential services, and present a particular challenge to those concerned with their development. [in English and French only]

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