Small States

Economic Review and Basic Statistics, Volume 15

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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 68 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 public private partnerships: Public–Private Partnerships in Mauritius by Vishwanaden Soondram; and Public–Private Partnerships: Mobilising Private Sector Funding and Public–Private Partnerships: Frequently Asked Questions by Hee Kong Yong. Mr Soondram works as a Lead Analyst at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and Mr Yong works as an Adviser (Public Private Partnerships) in the Government and Institutional Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.



Public–Private Partnerships: Mobilising Private Sector Funding and Expertise for Public Infrastructure

In the last two decades, public–private partnerships (PPPs) have gained popularity with governments as a means of procurement for public sector infrastructure across sectors such as water, electricity, roads, airports, railways, hospitals, schools and social housing. Once a rarity, PPPs are now seen bymany experts as an important tool for improving infrastructural development and economic competitiveness. But are these partnerships the answer to governments’ funding problems or are they only suitable for a select few scenarios? There are many issues that need to be addressed before PPPs can be used effectively as a policy option for public sector procurement. Each country is different and there can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to planning and designing PPP projects.


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