Authors Posts by Gabriella Scelta

Gabriella Scelta

LDC Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption

The following LDCs are Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption. Afghanistan Malawi Angola Mali Bangladesh Mauritania Benin Mozambique Bhutan Myanmar Botswana Nepal Burkina Faso Niger Burundi Rwanda Cambodia Sao Tome and Principe Central African Republic Senegal Democratic Republic of the Congo Sierra Leone Djibouti Solomon Islands Ethiopia South Sudan Gambia Sudan Guinea Timor Leste Guinea-Bissau Togo Haiti Tuvalu Kiribati Uganda Lao...

SPS and LDC exports

December 2016. One of the difficulties most LDCs confront is that a majority of their exports are agricultural or other products that have to...

United States grants preferential market access to Myanmar

The United States reinstated Myanmar’s eligibility under the Generalized System of Preferences, including the special preferences granted to Least Developed Countries (LDCs). With the...

The impact of Brexit on the least developed countries

14 September 2016. The United Kingdom vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union will have major implications for developing economies, according to...

Do relaxed rules of origin boost LDC exports?

by Matthias Bruckner* At the last WTO Ministerial, held in Nairobi from 15-19 December 2015, WTO Members agreed on new guidelines for preferential rules of...

High-tech dreams in the land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan first plugged in to the Internet and TV in 1999. So isolated was the tiny Himalayan nation that until then World Cup soccer...

India visa fee waiver for applicants from LDCs

The Government of India has waived the fees for business and employment visas for applicants from all 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Starting December...

Margin of preferences and LDC export performance

Margin of preferences in 2014/13 for LDCs Source: CDP Secretariat based on UNCTAD/TRAINS and UNSD/COMTRADE. Margins of preference for Republic of Korea, Turkey and the...

LDC transition period extended for Vanuatu

The UN General Assembly has extended Vanuatu’s preparatory period before LDC graduation by three years, until 4 December 2020. The country joined the LDC category...

A new approach to economic development in LDCs

For the first time a method of analyzing economic development pioneered by Professor Justin Lin, former Chief Economist at the World Bank, has been...

Using the LDC criteria to allocate ODA: is it possible?

Source: Own calculations, based on 2015 triennial review data and ADB Annual report on the 2014 Country Performance exercise Frequently, LDCs express concerns that graduation...

WTO drugs patent waiver for LDCs extended until 2033

On 6 November 2015, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Council decided to extend the exemption for LDC WTO members to implement provisions of the TRIPS agreement...