The Least developed countries report 2006 : developing productive capacities / prepared by the UNCTAD secretariat. - Geneva : United Nations, 2006. - xv, xv, 352 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

At head of title: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva.
"UNCTAD/LDC/2006"--T.p. verso.
"United Nations publication, Sales No. E.06.II.D.9"--T.p. verso.

Recent Economic Trends and UNLDC III Development Targets --
Overall economic growth trends --
Trends in merchandise trade --
Trends in external finance --
Trends in external debt --
Progress Towards UNLDC III Development Targets --
Growth and Investment Targets --
Poverty reduction targets --
Human Development targets --
Transport and communications infrastructure development targes --
"ODS, debt relief and market access targets for development partners --
Progress towards graduation from LDC status --
What Are Productive Capacities? How Do They Develop? Why do They Matter? --
What are Productive capacities? --
How do productive capacities develop? --
The value added for policymakers of a focus on productive capacities --
Economic Growth and Capital Accumulation --
Economic growth in the LDCs: potential versus actual --
Trends in Physical Capital Formation --
Human Capital Formation and the brain drain --
The limits and potential for domestic resource mobilization --
External resource inflows and domestic capital accumulation --
Technological progress, structural change and trade integration --
Trends in production structure, labour productivity and trade integration --
Economic growth, structural change and trade integration --
processes of technological learning --
labour supply and the lack of productive employment --
the growth and changing locus of the labour force --
the changing relationship between land and labour --
the informal sector and urban underemployment --
the infrastructure divide --
physical infrastructure in LDCs: current status and recent trends --
financing infrastructure investment --
the benefits of public investment and ODA in physical infrastructure in the LDCs --
Institutional weakness: firms, financial systems and knowledge systems --
firms in LDCs --
Domestic financial systems --
Domestic Knowledge systems --
The demand contraint --
The relative importance of different components of demand --
Agricultural growth linkages, employment and poverty reduction --
economic growth and the balance-of-payments constraint in LDCs --
Policy implications --
The paradigm shift: its rationale and nature --
Some policy options and policy measures --
Governance issues --
Basic data on the least developed countries. Table of contents

Reviews economic trends in least developed countries (LDCs) and progress made towards the development targets agreed at the 3rd UN Conference on LDCs, held in Brussels in 2001. This report considers how productive capacities develop through three interrelated processes of capital of accumulation, technological progress and structural change.

9211127017 Paper back

Economic conditions Developing countries -- Commerce. Developing countries.

338.9091724 / LEA 2006

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