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Finance & Development

Bahram Nowzad

EDITOR

Shuja Nawaz

MANAGING EDITOR

Rachel Weaving

ASSISTANT EDITOR

Sheila Meehan

EDITORIAL OFFICER

Richard Stoddard

ART EDITOR

Deborah Salzer

GRAPHICS ARTIST

ADVISORS TO THE EDITOR

Andrew Crockett

Vinod Dubey

Howard Handy

Gregory Ingram

Paul Isenman

Arturo Israel

Claudio Loser

Guy Pfeffermann

Alexander Shakow

Alan Tait

U Tun Wai

David Williams

Finance & Development is published quarterly in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish by the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Washington, DC 20431, USA (USPS 123-250). Second class postage is paid at Washington, DC and at additional mailing offices. • English edition printed at Lancaster Press, Lancaster, PA. • English edition ISSN 0015-1947. • Opinions expressed in articles and other material are those of the authors; they do not necessarily reflect Fund or Bank policy. • New readers who wish to receive Finance & Development regularly should apply in writing to Finance & Development, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC 20431, USA, specifying the language edition and briefly stating the reasons for their request. • The contents of Finance & Development are indexed in Business Periodicals Index, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), and Bibliographie Internationale des Sciences Sociales. An annual index of articles and book reviews is carried in the December issue.

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  • Development strategies

  • Development through the private sector

  • The views of the new Executive Vice President of IFC

    • Sir William Ryrie

  • IFC’s new approach to project promotion

  • Developing investments by sector or industry

    • Roger Leeds

  • Economic reform in China

  • Toward greater flexibility in planning, more reliance on market forces

    • Luc De Wulf

  • Planning in developing countries

  • From comprehensive production planning to strategic policy planning

    • Ramgopal Agarwala

  • Exchange rate policies

  • Overvalued exchange rates and development

  • How overvaluation retards growth

    • Guy Pfeffermann

  • Black markets in foreign exchange

  • Origins, nature, and implications

    • Michael Nowak

  • External debt issues

  • Domestic and external causes of the Latin American debt crisis

  • The crucial impact of inadequate domestic policies

    • Eduardo Wiesner

  • The case-by-case approach to debt problems

  • Why the Fund favors this approach

    • Azizali Mohammed

  • Foreign direct investment in developing countries

  • Trends, policy issues, and outlook to 1990

    • David Goldsbrough

  • Financing education in sub-Saharan Africa

  • The broad policy issues

    • Alain Mingat and George Psacharopoulos

  • Urbanization patterns in the Third World

  • Fostering efficient growth

    • Andrew Hamer

  • The role of development finance corporations

    • Joslin Landell-Mills

  • World economy in transition

  • Monetary indicators: 1951-83

  • Books

  • Thinkers and Doers, books on the Pioneers in Development, and the World Bank; review article by I.M.D. Little

  • Role of government; debt issues; rural development; the Tokyo Round; international inflation; income distribution; and the franc zone; reviewed by Bahram Nowzad, Joseph Gold, Francis Lethem, Andrew Feltenstein, Christiaan Grootaert, and Piero Claudio Ugolini

  • Letters

The Editor welcomes views and comments from readers on the contents of the journal. The contents of Finance & Development may be quoted or reproduced without further permission. Due acknowledgement is requested.

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Editorial note: Exchange rate matters are within the purview of the Fund; under Article IV of the Fund Agreement, members have certain specific obligations in this regard. Appropriate exchange rate policies promote balance of payments viability and can be powerful instruments for economic stabilization. They have also certain important longer-term implications for economic development and this article, by a senior member of the Bank staff, examines the consequences of overvaluation.

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Editorial note: If energy prices and inflation were the principal economic issues of the 1970s, there is little doubt that external debt difficulties have dominated the first part of the 1980s. Debt crises are not only an issue for the debtor developing countries, they have also posed serious problems for the international financial system as a whole. In recognition of this, Finance & Development has, in the past two years, devoted considerable space to external debt matters. The two articles in this issue deal with two key aspects of the debt question.

Finance & Development, March 1985
Author: International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.