The World Economic Crisis

A Commonwealth Perspective: Selected Background Papers Prepared for a Commonwealth Group of Experts

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The papers included in this volume were prepared to assist the Group of Experts which the Commonwealth Heads of Government, meeting in August 1979, had requested the SecretaryGeneral to assemble in order 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 nonCommonwealth might act to reduce or eliminate such constraints as a matter of urgency”. The Group consisted of 10 experts who served in their personal capacities and were drawn from a representative range of developed and developing countries. During the first half of 1980 they met three times, and in July 1980 their Report was published by the Commonwealth Secretariat under the title ‘The World Economic Crisis: A Commonwealth Perspective’ (ISBN: 085092183X).



Notes on Some Projections of Energy Supply and Demand

A great many studies involving projections of global energy supply and demand have been made since the oil crisis of 1973-1974. These notes summarize the conclusions of three of the most comprehensive and authoritative long-term projection studies (those of the World Energy Conference (WEC) 1977, the Workshop on Alternative Energy Strategies (WAES) 1977, and the OECD Interfutures project, 1979) and comment briefly on several of the other ones.


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