The World Economic Crisis

A Commonwealth Perspective

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‘The interdependence of the world’s economy is now so strong that there would be a good case for collective action even in times of prosperity and growth; in the crisis now prevailing the case for joint action is compelling. Change is inevitable. The issue, as we see it, is whether the structural changes and adjustments necessary to solve the current economic crisis and the problems of development will be accompanied by economic confusion and chaos, with each nation struggling in isolation to maximise its own gain, or whether they can be achieved in harmony on the basis of a global consensus for the mutual benefit of all nations.’ - From the Report.

‘The global economic crisis has deepened and there is now considerable pessimism about the ability of nations to control world economic trends. The Group of Experts has highlighted the grave economic consequences of the present situation for the peoples of the world, particularly those in the developing countries... (and) puts forward a number of specific practical measures directed towards achieving a more equitable, prosperous and stable world society.’ - From the Foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal.



Foreword by Commonwealth Secretary-General

Commonwealth Heads of Government, meeting in Lusaka in August 1979, expressed their grave concern with the deterioration in the world economic situation and prospects. In their search for remedies, they requested me to commission a Group of Experts ‘to investigate and report on the factors inhibiting structural change and a sustained improvement in economic growth’ and to ‘identify specific measures by which developed and developing countries, Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth, might act to reduce or eliminate such constraints as a matter of urgency’. The Report of the Group of Experts is contained within these covers.


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