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 definition of small states is those with a population of one and a half million or less. For comparison purposes this volume presents, where available, data on states with a population of up to five million.
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 three articles focusing on trade in services: `Post-crisis Growth in Small States: The Role of Trade in Knowledge-based Services' by Dirk Willem te Velde, `Exporting Health and Wellness: Prospects and Issues for Small States' by Estella Aryada, and `Pro-poor Tourism Interventions through the Creation of Agro-tourism Linkages' by Chanda Chella. Dirk Willem te Velde currently works at the ODI as the Director of Programmes in the International Economic Development Group. Ms Aryada and Ms Chella are Trade Advisers in the Special Advisory Services Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Foreword; Abbreviations and Acronyms; Part I. Recent Economic Trends in Commonwealth Small States; 1. Recent Economic Trends in Commonwealth Small States; Introduction; Economic environment; External performance; Economic development issues; Human development indicators; Key policy issues; Conclusion; 2. Post-crisis Growth in Small States: The Role of Trade in Knowledge-based Services by Dirk Willem te Velde; Introduction; Knowledge-intensive services and small states: definitions and data; The role of knowledge-based services in crisis-resilient growth in small states; Measures to promote services and development; Promoting knowledge-based services in small states; Strategic and practical implications; Sectors; 3. Exporting Health and Wellness: Prospects and Issues for Small States by Estella Aryada; Introduction; Scope; Exports; Major challenges; Health and wellness strategy for St Lucia; Conclusion; 4. Pro-poor Tourism Interventions through the Creation of Agro-tourism Linkages by Chanda Chella; Introduction; Tourism, economic development and poverty reduction; Commonwealth Secretariat initiatives; Lessons; Part II. Social and Economic Data on Small States; Technical notes for tables; Tables; Economic indicators; Social and demographic indicators; Other development indicators; List of Articles and Reviews in Previous Volumes; Readership Survey