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  • This book is the outcome of our fruitful association with a series of international programmes on Economic Management and Planning sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat, London and conducted at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad during 1989-1993. The book contains 11 cases covering eight countries and focussing on a variety of issues in economic planning and policy. The choice of topics and countries has been governed primarily by the need for development of appropriate case material to meet the specific requirements of a newly designed international programme on Economic Management and Planning.

  • Decision-makers in Commonwealth countries are faced with difficult policy choices in the context of a rapidly changing world economic environment. In order to assist Commonwealth developing countries in building key skills in macro-economic management, the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), organised special training programmes aimed at senior Government officials from economic and planning departments. So far some 150 participants from 35 Commonwealth developing countries have benefitted from these programmes.

  • Developing commonwealth countries have several similarities. For their economic development, the paths chosen by them have also been very similar though not identical. This is because they shared the experience of being ruled over long period of time by foreigners with distinct exploitative imperialistic tendencies.