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Geography Paper 2, May/June 2009  
Questions:   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   Main
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Question 2

Name:

(i) two major export items from your country;

(ii) two major import items to your country;

(iii) two major trading partners of your country.

(b) Highlight four benefits your country derives from trading with other countries.

(c) Identify three problems encountered by your country in international trade.

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Observation

This question was very popular with the candidates and their performance was
Good. Many of the candidates were able to list export crops like cocoa, groundnut, beneseed, hides $ skin etc. They were also able to list import items like motor vehicles, refrigerators, air-conditioners etc. They were able to state the benefits of trading with other countries like:

  •  fosters international co-operation;
  • provision of new products;
  • provision of foreign exchange;
  • provision of employment;
  • diffusion of ideas/innovations;
  • growth of industry;
  • generation of revenue to government;
  • generation of income to individuals;
  • encourages specialization in production.

Many of the candidates were also able to provide the problems of international trade such as:

  • unstable world prices;
  • inadequate capital;
  • political instability;
  • high cost of transportation;
  • high tariff on goods;
  • low demand for products;
  • strained international relations;
  • inadequate production of goods;
  • inadequate foreign exchange;
  • smuggling.
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