New assistance measures for graduating Belt and Road least developed countries (LDCs)
toward the achievement of Agenda 2030

Implementing Entity/ies
Collaborating Partners
Nov. 2018 - Oct. 2022
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor Leste
Approved Budget
$ 1,128,229
The project will work with the governments of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Nepal and Timor Leste, as well as international specialists and UN entities, to develop a set of proposals for post-graduation assistance. Some of these will be specific to the country concerned, and some generic – ie. applicable across the board. The proposals will partly aim at mitigating the potential impact of forfeiting existing ISMs – such as the loss of duty-free, quota-free market access under the European Everything But Arms Initiative – and will partly take the form of fresh measures to assist with the new development landscape following graduation, such as new infrastructure investment to support trade diversification. The key beneficiaries are thus the populations of these countries, totaling some 269 million people, intermediated through the Ministries of Planning, Trade, the Central Banks and private sector institutions