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.



Social and Economic Data on Small States

The set of statistical tables in this volume covers all small states (with populations of 1.5 million or less), as well as other countries with populations of up to 5 million. The 68 tables that follow set out basic data on country size, together with the latest information on selected economic, social development and environmental indicators, as well as the characteristics of the major sectors of small economies. It is hoped that the statistical data presented will form a useful supplement to those available from other sources on larger countries. In order to indicate the scope of the data presented in the tables and to outline the concepts and methodology used in their computation, a series of technical notes are presented. The sources cited at the foot of the tables provide more comprehensive explanations of the concepts used. Apart from international sources, a large number of national sources have been used in the compilation wherever definitions are comparable.


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