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Least developed country graduation & COVID-19


Only 5 countries have graduated from LDC status since the category was established in 1971. 12 are set to potentially graduate in the coming years, largely based on economic gains. But with COVID-19 slowing economies and trade, is LDC graduation in peril?


H.E. Ambassador Mere Falemaka
Permanent Representative to the Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the World Trade Organization
Daniel Gay
Advisor to United Nations Committee for Development Policy Secretariat
Jodie Keane
Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute


Deanna Ramsay
Managing Editor, Trade for Development News by EIF