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Swimming Against the Tide

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  • Holden, Paul
  • Holden, Sarah
  • Malcolm, Bale

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An Analysis of Private Sector Development Issues in Small Economies This book examines the underlying factors that determine the environment for investment and growth in small economies, focussing on those in the Pacific.The private sector can flourish and create employment opportunities only if the environment in which it operates is conducive to business. Governments can often create an environment that increases the costs of doing business, reduces profits, and discourages dynamism and entrepreneurship. These issues include • fostering financial sector development for credit to be more readily available for business; • clarifying land rights and modifying them with respect to cultural preservation and the development of land markets; • reducing the role of the state in the economies of the region; • revamping the regulatory regimes for the business environment to be less constrained and monopolies more prudently regulated; • focusing on the assistance of small-scale rural enterprises. With concerted efforts, governments can ensure the resolution of these critical issues. However, doing so requires considerable time and great effort. Nevertheless, now is a perfect time to start the process. Strategies for change should focus on what causes the low rates of return on capital as well as the constraints to business startup and development.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 4207.

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  1. David William Harold Orsmond & Christopher Browne, 2006. "Pacific Island Countries--Possible Common Currency Arrangement," IMF Working Papers 06/234, International Monetary Fund.

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