All consultants who have worked on this project are gratefully acknowledged for their contributions. Overall guidance to the project was provided by Mr René Vossenaar, Chief, Trade, Environment and Development, International Trade Division, UNCTAD. The project was coordinated by Dr Veena Jha. Administrative assistance to the project was provided by Ms Angela Thompson and Ms Jayashri Mahesh. Dr Jha also gratefully acknowledges the contribution of other UNCTAD staff members, especially Ms María PérezEsteve and Ms Eugenia Nunez for their valuable comments, indicating the sources of information, correcting factual inaccuracies and pointing out inconsistent arguments. Ms María Pérez-Esteve also coordinated the Central American section of the project. Dr Jha especially thanks IDRC for providing the financial assistance without which this project could never have been undertaken. Sandhya Pandey copy edited the book. All the errors that remain are, of course, the editor's own.
The views expressed in this book should not be attributed to UNCTAD or to its member states.