The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Yangon - XINHUA
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has vowed to provide technical assistance to Myanmar to help lift it out of the Least Developed Countries (LDC), the President's Office said Wednesday.
The Geneva-based UNCTAD made the pledge when Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun met with visiting UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in Nay Pyi Taw.
The pair focused on technical assistance from UNCTAD for implementation of the procedures on gross national income, human assets index and economic vulnerability for graduation of Myanmar from LDC status.
In July, Myanmar set up a national-level committee cooperating with UN organizations in its efforts to make Myanmar move out of the three criteria in line with the 2015 UN Millennium Development Goals.
The United Nations listed 25 countries as the LDC in 1971 and the LDC countries have risen to 48. Myanmar has been included in the list since 1987, a year before the previous military government took over.
The UN Economic and Social Council is mandated to review the LDC classification every three years and report its findings to the UN General Assembly.