World Economic and Social Survey 1996

Current Trends and Policies in the World Economy

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Authoritative and reliable, the Survey is a detailed assessment of the state of the world’s economic and social situation. Its forecasts for the upcoming year and lucid description of national and international economic policies, emerging issues and trends make it ideal for the international businessman or economist. Issued annually, since 1948.



How the developing world gets its electricity

One of the major tasks that developing countries face today is to ensure reliable and affordable supplies of electric power for growing populations. Ready access to electricity for all households has come to represent a measure of economic and social progress and, to a degree, adequate power supplies are a requirement for that progress. Providing electricity to new communities and reducing interruptions in supply to existing users are traditional demands made of political figures. Indeed, there has been considerable dissatisfaction with the way that the electricity sector has been run in a large number of countries and with how investments have been planned.


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