From 28 – 31 July 2014, the Government of Benin is organizing the Ministerial Conference on New Partnerships for Productive Capacity Building in Least Developed Countries in collaboration with UN-OHRLLS. The meeting will identify new and innovative partnerships to support efforts of LDCs to strengthen their productive capacity.More
2014 has been declared ‘The International Year of Small Island Developing States’, the first time a group of countries has been afforded such recognition.
In 2012, the combined exports of all 48 Least Developed Countries made up 1.11% of worldwide exports. Although a small percentage, this is nearly double the ﬁgure in 2001
Water and sanitation services are under-provided in Least Developed Countries – only 65% of residents have access to an improved water source.
The share of manufacturing in Least Developed Country economies is less than 10%, compared to 21% in developing countries
According to the latest national ﬁgures, over 18 million children of primary school age in Least Developed Countries are not enrolled in primary education
Access to global markets for LLDCs depends on transit neighbours to provide access the sea.
The average distance to the seaport for landlocked developing countries is 1,370 km.