The Least Developed Countries Report 2006

Developing Productive Capacities

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The Least Developed Countries are a group of 50 countries which have been identified as “least developed” in terms of their low GDP per capita, their weak human assets and their high degree of economic vulnerability. The 2006 Report focuses on the development of productive capacities for sustainable pro-poor economic growth strategies and an analysis of the progress made on some of the quantified targets of the Programme of Action agreed during the Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries.

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This Report is intended as a resource for policymakers in the least developed countries (LDCs) and for their development partners. Part I focuses on recent economic trends in the LDCs and the progress that those countries are making towards achieving the quantitative development targets of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001–2010 (POA), agreed at the Third United Nations Conference on the LDCs (UNLDC III) held in Brussels in 2001. Part II focuses on the issue of developing productive capacities in the LDCs. The Overview summarizes the basic policy argument in a nutshell for the busy reader, and then the basic evidence upon which this argument is founded.

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