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The Least Developed Countries Report 2004

Linking International Trade with Poverty Reduction

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This annual report reviews recent economic trends in the least developed countries (LDCs), focusing on their efforts to escape the poverty trap. The 2004 edition, examines the relationship between international trade and poverty within LDC’s, and identifies national and international policies that can make trade a more effective mechanism for poverty reduction in these countries. It also reveals the obstacles faced by LDCs when they implemented deep trade liberalization measures in the 1990s. The report is a valuable source of information for government officials, academics, researchers, the media, and members of public and private sector interested in the social and economic advancement of developing countries.

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Selected recent social trends: Population growth, human development goals, the HIV/AIDS epidemic

In 2003, the total population of the least developed countries was 718 million people, of whom some 428 million lived in African and Caribbean LDCs, 287.3 million in Asian LDCs and 2.7 million in island LDCs.

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