Report of the Commonwealth Secretary-General 1999

From Kuala Lumpur to Durban

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This biennial report to Commonwealth Heads of Government on the mandates and activities of the Commonwealth Secretariat from July 1997 to June 1999 is preceded by an introduction by the Commonwealth Secretary-General which is a personal comment on the progress of the Commonwealth over the last decade of the 20th century. The report is presented to Commonwealth leaders before their biennial summit.



Trade and Enterprise Development

The Secretariat has been engaged for some time in assisting governments in developing countries to cope with what has been called a global industrial revolution. This 'revolution', which is linked to the globalisation process, gives developing countries the opportunity to improve their economic growth by creating more competitive enterprises on the one hand, and a more vibrant trade sector on the other. In 1997, Commonwealth Heads of Government placed trade and investment high on the development agenda and reaffirmed their commitment to support programmes in these critical areas which are funded by the CFTC.


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