Commonwealth Small States

Issues and Prospects

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Small states face unique challenges as they adapt to the demands of an increasingly global economy. This publication, produced with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, surveys the range of challenges facing small states, including environmental and trade issues, economic problems, the particular challenges facing small states in development, education, and governance, and the issue of regionalism. The book provides policy-makers and parliamentarians worldwide with a detailed insight into how these issues uniquely impact upon small states, and offers recommendations on how to strengthen their capacity to exploit the new opportunities and challenges arising from globalisation.



Small States and Graduation

The Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) has played a seminal role in work associated with the vulnerability of small states and has been involved with the issue of graduation of small states from the United Nations' list of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) (Mitchell and Kisanga, 2002). Generally, these states view graduation as a shock that will have adverse repercussions on their development. As a result of this, and concomitant with the problems that small states have coping with globalisation and trade liberalisation, they offer considerable resistance to graduation.


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