Small States Digest

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Small States Digest is a quarterly publication from the Commonwealth Secretariat, which focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced by small states in the global economy. Topics can cover international finance and capital markets, international trade, the environment, natural disasters, macroeconomic management, and economic and social development. The Commonwealth defines small states as sovereign states with a population size of 1.5 million people or less. Larger member countries – Botswana, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia and Papua New Guinea – are designated as small states because they share many characteristics of small states. Thirty-one of the fifty-three member countries of the Commonwealth are small states.

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Commonwealth Secretariat
31 July 2017
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This edition of Small States Digest evaluates the key ICT challenges that the nine Commonwealth Pacific small states faces, as well as the regional and national responses to these challenges. It draws out some of the key gaps and opportunities in the interventions in place, highlighting a few crucial recommendations that can be considered to prepare the region for a technology-driven knowledge-based society in 2050.
risk pooling, small states, ICT, loss and damages agenda, climate change, Pacific
JEL Classification:
  • F63: International Economics / Economic Impacts of Globalization / Economic Impacts of Globalization: Economic Development
  • L86: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services / Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
  • R11: Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics / General Regional Economics / Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes