Analytical Note, November 2005

Problems and Policy Challenges faced by Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries.

This note  presents the commodity problems and their implications for Commodity Dependent Developing Countries (CDDCs); (ii) identifies the underlying causes of these problems and (iii) examines some of the major policy approaches used in the past to deal with them, their merits and limitations.

The objective of the paper is to provide an overview of the problems and implications of heavy dependence on primary commodities. In doing so, the paper contextualizes the various issues that are envisaged to be discussed in the South Centre Seminar on Commodities and Development.

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