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UNCTAD analysis shows that development indicators for the 47 least developed countries are trending downward, raising the alarm for the international community … Economic development in the world’s most-disadvantaged countries – mostly in sub-Saharan … five countries (of the 45 LDCs for which data is available) achieved economic growth at 7% or higher Bangladesh (+7.1%), Djibouti (+7%), Ethiopia (+8.5%), Myanmar (+7.2%), and Nepal (+7.5%). The analysis contends that too many LDCs remain dependent …

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Written by Paul Akiwumi, Director of UNCTAD's Division for Africa and Least Developed Countries … The novel coronavirus pandemic has rapidly thrown the world into uncharted territory … As COVID-19 diagnoses rise globally, the World Health Organization has reported more than 7,000 cases in the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs … While these numbers seem small compared with the … Bangladesh has surpassed 2400 cases, while Afghanistan and Djibouti have reported more than 800 COVID-19 infections …