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dc.description.abstractThis paper analyses the development problems and policies of the African least developed countries in the past and examines their policy options and imperatives in the 1980s and beyond. Three sets of factors impose serious constraints on the development policies of these countries. Firstly, the meager per capita income which is far below basic needs, the high proportion of the population in the subsistence sector, the limited development of manufacturing, the weak institutional and physical infrastructure, the acute scarcity of skilled manpower at all levels, the extremely low level of exports per capita and geographical or climatologically handicaps (such as and lockedness, small size and remoteness, drought and desertification, high exposure to cyclone or flood disaster) are among the most formidable structural impediments. Secondly, domestic resources are extremely tight, allowing only limited flexibility for economic management. Thirdly, fluctuations in external resources add seriously to the sharp fluctuations in domestic resources. Under the circumstances, the traditional policy instruments - whether direct or indirect - are of limited efficacy in dealing with the development and adjustment problems of the African least developed countries, and, for that matter, there is little that most of these countries could do unilaterally to cope with their present predicament. The paper is divided into five sections. In section I, the structural characteristics of African least developed countries are outlined while section II is devoted to an evaluation of their economic performance in the 1960s and 1970s. These, together with the analysis of their general development issues and constraints in section III, form the necessary background to the discussion of their domestic economic policies in the 1970s in section IV and of their prospects and policy options and imperatives for the 1980s and beyond in section V.en
dc.titleDomestic problems and economic policies in African least developed countriesen
ags.publisherPlaceAddis Ababa :en
ags.publisherNameUN. ECA,en
dc.coverage.spatialAFR
dc.coverage.spatialAfrica
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-26T12:17:44Z
dc.date.available2011-04-26T12:17:44Z
dc.date.issued1981-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10855/8002
dc.format.extent22 p.
dc.languageeng
dc.typeWorking paper
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE::ECONOMIC CONDITIONS::ECONOMIC POLICY
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE::DEVELOPMENT::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE::DEVELOPMENT::DEVELOPMENT POLICY
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE::DEVELOPMENT::DEVELOPMENT POLICY
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT FINANCE::ECONOMIC CONDITIONS
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET FINANCEMENT DU DEVELOPPEMENT::CONDITIONS ECONOMIQUES::POLITIQUE ECONOMIQUE
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO Y FINANCIACION DEL DESARROLLO::CONDICIONES ECONOMICAS::POLITICA ECONOMICA
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET FINANCEMENT DU DEVELOPPEMENT::DEVELOPPEMENT::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO Y FINANCIACION DEL DESARROLLO::DESARROLLO::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET FINANCEMENT DU DEVELOPPEMENT::DEVELOPPEMENT::POLITIQUE DE DEVELOPPEMENT
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO Y FINANCIACION DEL DESARROLLO::DESARROLLO::POLITICA DE DESARROLLO
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET FINANCEMENT DU DEVELOPPEMENT::DEVELOPPEMENT::POLITIQUE DE DEVELOPPEMENT
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO Y FINANCIACION DEL DESARROLLO::DESARROLLO::POLITICA DE DESARROLLO
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE ET FINANCEMENT DU DEVELOPPEMENT::CONDITIONS ECONOMIQUES
uneca.subject.fulltaxonomyUNBIS::DESARROLLO ECONOMICO Y FINANCIACION DEL DESARROLLO::CONDICIONES ECONOMICAS
uneca.conference.fulltaxonomyConference Categories::Conferences of African Ministers
uneca.workflow.processedtrue
ags.creatorCorporateUnited Nations. Economic and Social Council
ags.creatorCorporateUnited Nations. Economic Commission for Africa
ags.creatorConferenceUN. ECA Conference of Ministers of African Least Developed Countries Meeting (1st : 1981, Jul. 27 - 31 : Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
ags.subjectThesaurusECONOMIC POLICY
ags.subjectThesaurusECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
ags.subjectThesaurusDEVELOPMENT POLICY
ags.subjectThesaurusDEVELOPMENT POLICY
ags.subjectThesaurusECONOMIC CONDITIONS
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITIQUE ECONOMIQUE
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITICA ECONOMICA
ags.subjectThesaurusDEVELOPPEMENT ECONOMIQUE
ags.subjectThesaurusDESARROLLO ECONOMICO
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITIQUE DE DEVELOPPEMENT
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITICA DE DESARROLLO
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITIQUE DE DEVELOPPEMENT
ags.subjectThesaurusPOLITICA DE DESARROLLO
ags.subjectThesaurusCONDITIONS ECONOMIQUES
ags.subjectThesaurusCONDICIONES ECONOMICAS
ags.subjectClassification02.03.00 Economic policy and management
ags.availabilityNumber48265
ags.availabilityNumber1981
ags.availabilityLocationECA-HQ
ags.rights.termsofusepublic
ags.RNST/ECA/LDCs.I/3
ags.JN48265
ags.creatorConferenceCategoryConférences des ministres africains
ags.creatorConferenceCategoryConferences of African Ministers
uneca.language.supporteden


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