Graduation from the group of Least Developed Countries: Prospects and Challenges for Bhutan

16 Dec 2013
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This paper focuses on Bhutan’s graduation from the Least Developed Country (LDC) status and was prepared for the 12th Roundtable Meeting (RTM) co-organized by the Royal Government of Bhutan and UN Development Programme (UNDP) in December 2013. It provides a review of the graduation criteria and process, the direct implications and analysis of the wider challenges faced. It identifies the key policy questions as being bound up with structural constraints, economic imbalances, and the potential for these to be reflected in development outcomes.