"The background discussed in the paper is important for the reader to fully appreciate the difficult undemocratic conditions in which politicians, economic technocrats, other public servants and the rest of society lived for thirty years. And the implications for the making of public policy choices is reflected in the discussion. Periods of particular international agreements with 18 major donors and international financial bodies are several and in many cases overlapping. Therefore periods of agreements that seem to have made a difference was stated, whether it was positively or negatively, to the economy. Some agreements related to sectoral issues and others to broader macroeconomic issues."