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Implementation of the Brussels Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries in Asia and the Pacific Region

A Decade of Achievments and Development Challenges 2001-2010

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This publication is addressed to the policy makers and their development partners and other stakeholders to generate constructive dialogues and exchange of information in shaping the future course of action in support of the development aspirations of the Asia-Pacific LDCs. It is a major contribution towards understanding the complex and evolving development challenges and gaps faced by the Asia-Pacific LDCs during 2001-2010. It is hoped that the analyses and policy options offered in this publication will assist the LDC leaders and other stakeholders in sketching a new programme of action by the Fourth UN Conference on LDCs for the benefit of some of the most vulnerable and marginalized countries in the world.

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Developing human and institutional capacities for inclusive and sustainable development

During the 1990s and the early 2000s, Asia Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) performed quite well in terms of economic growth. During 1990-2000, the annual average real GDP growth in these countries was 5.7 per cent. This compares favourably with the 4.9 per cent achieved by other developing countries. But in more recent years, the performance of the region’s LDCs has fallen behind other developing countries. In addition, looking beyond real GDP growth as an indicator of economic performance reveals several concerns.

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