Trade and Development Report 2000

Global Economic Growth and Imbalances

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A valuable resource for those involved in international business and economic development, the Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2000, issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), examines current performance and prospects in the world economy. Held in high regard by political decision makers and researchers the world over, the Report this year examines whether the current recovery in the global economy is built on solid foundations. It asks how the promise of an economic future underpinned by new technologies stands with the growing instability and uncertainty of market-driven globalization. The Report also looks at the elements of the East Asian recovery and considers policy options likely to bring about sustainable growth and development.




Two big global economic forces are competing for the world’s attention. On the one hand, the promise of a “new economy” underpinned by information and communication technologies is exciting policy makers, including those from the world’s poorest countries. On the other hand, growing instability and uncertainty linked to globalization has left them deeply worried about the impact of financial shocks on growth prospects; the experience of some of the most successful developing countries has shown just how virulent those forces can be.


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