Least Developed Countries – UPSC Prelims

Least Developed Countries:
  • Least developed countries (LDCs) are low-income countries confronting severe structural impediments to sustainable development.
  • They are highly vulnerable to economic and environmental shocks and have low levels of human assets.
  • There are currently 46 countries on the list of LDCs which is reviewed every three years by the Committee for Development (CDP) of UN.
  • LDCs have exclusive access to certain international support measures in particular in the areas of development assistance and trade.
  • WTO recognises Least developed countries (LDCs) relying on a classification by the UN.
  • LDCs are often exempted from certain provisions of WTO pacts.

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