23 - 25 April 2007

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Commonwealth Secretariat

The International Conference on Small States and Economic Resilience is being organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI), in collaboration with the Economics Department of the University of Malta. The conference will be held at the Foundation for International Studies, Malta between 23 and 25 April 2007. The programme of the conference has been drawn up so as to cover the various aspects of resilience building, including its measurement.

This conference is a sequel to and builds upon three previous workshops on economic vulnerability and resilience with special reference to small states also organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Malta, and held on the island of Gozo, Malta, in March 2004, March 2005 and April 2006. These three workshops were mostly of a technical nature, and led to the construction of a resilience index, which when juxtaposed against the vulnerability index, assessed the risk of being harmed by external shocks. As a result of these workshop, the Commonwealth Secretatiat and the University of Malta published three books on issues related to small states' competitiveness, vulnerability and resilience, and issued three final statements with the the main conclusions.

The planned outcome of this conference is to identify and propose suitable policies for economic resilience building in small states and to explore ways in which the Resilience Index could be operationalised.

Conference Conveners: Prof. Lino Briguglio and Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy


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