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Commonwealth Finance Ministers Reference Report 2008  

Size: A4 (297 mm x 210 mm)
Categories: Commonwealth & Global Affairs, Economic Development

ISBN No: 978-0-9554408-7-8

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 10-2008
Number of Pages: 224

Status: Out of print

Price: £ 35.00    [Currency converter]  


The Commonwealth Finance Ministers Reference Report is an annual publication providing Commonwealth Finance Ministers with a central source of information regarding macro- and micro- financial issues and trade relations that affect Commonwealth nations. It includes case studies of successful projects with transferable solutions, articles on the key issues discussed at the Finance Ministers Meeting and in-depth analyses from economic experts within the financial community.


This volume was produced for the Finance Ministers Meeting in Saint Lucia, 6-8 October 2008.


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Published by Henley Media Group for the Commonwealth Secretariat.


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Message of Welcome by The Honorable Stephenson King, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia


Section 1: Global Economic Situation


     Globalists in a Globalising World by Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General

     Reform of the Multilateral Financial Institutions by President Bharrat Jagdeo, Republic of Ghana

     Economic Cooperation and the Impact of Globalisation on Africa and the Caribbean by Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat

     Global Inflation: How Big a Threat? by Dr Andrew Sentance, External Member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England

     Foreign Investment and Development: The Role of Domestic Policy and International Investment Agreements by J. Anthony VanDuzer, Associate Professor and Vice Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

     Maintaining Debt Sustainability in the Aftermath of Debt Relief by Alberto Espejo, Senior Economist, Policy Development and Review Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Section 2: Managing the Effects of High Energy and Food Prices


     Energy Technology Perspectives: Insights for 2008 by Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)

     Addressing the Global Energy Crisis by Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

     Renewable Energy Technologies and Poverty Alleviation: Overcoming Barriers and Unlocking Potential by Ogunlade Davidson, Thomas B. Johansson and John M. Christensen, Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD)

     Biofuels and the Global Food Crisis: A Dangerous or New Opportunity? By Dr Wolfgang Palz, Chairman, World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)

     Understanding the Recent Oil Price Volatility by Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

     Responding to soaring Oil and Food Prices: Options for Agriculture in Small Island Developing States by Timothy O. Williams, Special Advisory Services Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

     Resolving Food Crises Today and Tomorrow by Jacques Diouf, Director-General, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO)

     Productivity and Sustainability of Agriculture in Africa: The Role of Government Policy and Investment by Joachim von Braun, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

     Agricultural Commodity Markets in the Global Context: The End of Cheap Food? by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Section 3: Assessing the Economic Impact of Climate Change


     Economic Implications of Climate Change for Australia by Natalie Horvat, Manager, Energy and Greenhouse Policy Unit, Australian Government

     The Effects of Climate Change Policies on International Trade and Competitiveness by Muthukumara Mani, Senior Environmental Economist, World Bank

     The Impact of Climate Change on Developing Countries – The Imperative for Action! by Cheick Sidi Diarra, United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

     Economy or Ecology – Which Will Sustain Our Future? by Dr David Suzuki, Co-founder, the David Suzuki Foundation

     Climate Change and Health: Implications for Planning and Development by Professor Anthony J. McMichael, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University


Section 4: Millennium Development Goals


     Progress towards the MDGs: From Recommendations to Implementation by Dr Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, The United Nations

     How Affordable is a Nutritious Diet? by Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive, Save the Children UK

     Keeping the Promise on Universal Primary Education by Nicholas Burnett, Assistant Director-General for Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

     Rethinking the Role of Higher Education to Boost Development by Peter Taylor, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

     Westonaria to Become the Training Hub of Gauteng - Special Feature by Westonaria Local Municipality

     Financing Gender Equality by Inés Alberti, Executive Director, United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

     Every Woman Counts: How Can We Act to Improve Maternal Health? by Kate Hawkins, Communications Officer, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

     Children Affected by HIV and AIDS: Is Micro-finance the Magic Bullet by William C. Philbrick, Senior Technical Advisor, CARE International


Section 5: Effective Financial Management


     The Challenges of Implementing Anti-money Laundering Policies in Eastern and Southern Africa by Dr Eliawony J. Kisanga, Executive Secretary and Yotsna Lalji-Venketasawmy, Legal Adviser, Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) Secretariat

     Online Banking: Improving Customer Security by Professor Atul Prakash, University of Michigan

     Market and Technology Trends in Secure Documents by Michael Chamberlain, Chief Consultant, Pira International

     Urban Development Bank of Nigeria Plc: Leading the Path towards Sustainable Development - Special Feature by Urban Development Bank of Nigeria

     The Insurance Industry and Sustainability by Butch Bacani, Head of Asset Management and Insurance, United Nations Environmental Programme, Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

     Taming the ‘Information Beast’: Managing Emails and Electronic Documents by Doug Miles, Managing Director, Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)

     Delivering Better Value Through Procurement by Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, UK Office of Government Commerce

     Is Micro-Credit the World’s Most Powerful Weapon? by Sam Daley-Harris, Founder, Microcredit Summit Campaign and RESULTS

     Unleashing Enterpreneurship: Making Business Work for the Poor by Sahba Sobhani, Programme Manager, Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

     What it Takes to Achieve Effective Public Finance Management by Kaifala Marah, Adviser, Public Expenditure Management, Commonwealth Secretariat


Section 6: Infrastructure for Development


     Public-private Partnerships for Sustainable Development by Geoffrey Hamilton, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Vanessa Holcomb, Duke University

     The City of Tshwane: One of the Most Prosperous Metropolitan Areas in South Africa - Special Feature by City of Tshwane

     Regional Cooperation on Disaster Risk and Infrastructure in Asia and the Pacific by Siva Thampi, Directore, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

     Emerging Tourism Markets: The Coming Economic Boom by Geoffrey Lipman, Assistane Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

     Green Building: The Need for Innovation in Regulation and Incentive Schemes by Ché Wall, Managing Director, Lincolne Scott

     Financing Access for Water and Electricity for All – Experiences of Commonwealth Member States by Daniel Platz, Economic Affairs Officer, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

     Promoting Sustainable Development in Bayelsa State, Nigeria – Special Feature by Bayelsa State



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