• M. A. G. van Meerhaeghe


In this chapter we examine two international institutions, OECD and UNCTAD, often mentioned in the press, but whose cost seems to exceed their benefit. They are known for their tendency to broach numerous subjects of a general nature. This is particularly true of the UNCTAD.


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