Nepal fares badly even among LDCs: UN

August 18th, 2008 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Xinhua
Kathmandu, Aug 18 (Xinhua) Nepal has fared badly even among the 50 Least Developed Countries (LDCs), a UN report has said. “On current trends, the report suggests Nepal could be more than 50 years away from graduating from the LDC group,” said a release of the UN Information Centre here quoting the latest report on LDCs by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad).

“Nepal itself continues to remain an outlier alongside other Asian LDCs that have enjoyed higher rates of growth over recent years and are making faster progress in transforming their economies away from a dependence on commodities towards manufacturing and services,” it said.

Launching the report subtitled “Growth, Poverty and the Terms of Development Partnership,” here Thursday, Rober Piper, UN Coordinator for Nepal, underlined the importance of the Nepali government making the right policy choices to place Nepal on track to faster and more equitable growth.

“We need a much greater sense of urgency amongst all those responsible to get Nepal out (of the LDCs club). Only effective economic policies that create employment, increase agricultural productivity and reduce dependence on commodities can ensure that growth — when it comes — will translate into poverty reduction,” he said.

One third of Nepal’s population continue to live in some of the worst conditions to be found on the planet, Piper said.

Presenting the findings of the report, Shankar Sharma, former vice chairman of Nepali National Planning Commission, said that in the last three years, the average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of Nepal stood at 2.8 percent — below the average of LDCs at 7.6 percent.
Xinhua

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