[Small island developing states] The economies of island developing countries cannot be balanced, nor can complex internal linkages be expected. There is, and will inevitably continue to be, a heavy dependence on imports and a corresponding requirement for the export of goods and services. Economic events overseas beyond the control of the island countries have immediate and widespread effects on the local economy, in particular with respect to sudden fluctuations in foreign exchange receipts.
[Former socialist countries] Growing reliance on Soviet raw materials and markets and on Western credit drove the East European countries into a position of external dependence and vulnerability. They became increasingly dependent on imported energy and raw materials. Much of their meat, grain and animal feedstuffs comes from the USA and other hard-currency sources. In addition, they imported so much Western plant equipment during the 1970s that the continued importation of components and spare parts remains a necessity. This does not yet mean, however, that they are technically equipped to provide exports that would earn them hard currency. Rather, there is a continuing dependence on Western international corporations, not only for technology, but also for marketing services. In addition, these East European countries are increasingly vulnerable to competition from the rapidly-industrializing developing countries, where low wages are still paid.