Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Far East 1958

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This latest edition of the Survey analyzes current economic and social developments in the region against the background of events in the world economy. It also focuses on the serios problems of growth and transformation of the area's least developed and Pacific Island developing economies.



The development of selected industries

In the preceding chapter, a general survey was made of the growth and structure of industry in the ECAFE region. This chapter presents a more detailed study of four industries—coal, cement, cotton textiles and chemical fertilizers. These industries may be considered as broadly representative of Asian industry in general: coal is the main source of energy derived from mineral wealth; cement is one of the two industries which supply basic construction materials; cotton textiles are almost the symbol of Asian industrialization; and chemical fertilizers are rightly regarded as a prerequisite of balanced industrial and agricultural growth.


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