Handbook on the Least Developed Country Category

Inclusion, and Graduation and Special Support Measures

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The present Handbook contains a comprehensive explanation of the criteria, procedures and methodology used in establishing which countries are eligible for inclusion in, or recommended for graduation from, the Least Developed Countries (LDC) category. It also provides an overview of the special support measures that can be derived from having least developed country status and the implications of graduating from the list in terms of the potential loss of such measures. The Handbook aims at promoting a better understanding of the LDC category and the benefits derived from membership therein. Accordingly, the publication is intended for use by government officials, policymakers, researchers and others interested in the particular development problems and challenges faced by low-income developing countries.



Data sources and definitions used in the 2006 triennial review of the list of least developed countries

Gross national income (GNI) per capita is equal to the per capita gross domestic product (GDP) minus per capita primary incomes payable to non-resident units plus per capita primary incomes receivable from non-resident units. Values are expressed in current United States dollars, calculated according to the World Bank Atlas method, and refl ect a simple average of three years (2000, 2001 and 2002 for the 2006 triennial review).


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