UNDERSTANDING THE WTO:
The WTO recognizes as least-developed countries (LDCs) those countries which have been designated as such by the United Nations. There are currently 48 least-developed countries on the UN list, 36 of which to date have become WTO members.
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Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
There are no WTO definitions of “developed” or “developing” countries. Developing countries in the WTO are designated on the basis of self-selection although this is not necessarily automatically accepted in all WTO bodies.