Developed and developing countries have been called upon to grant duty-free and quota-free market access for products originating from the world’s 46 Least-Developed Countries, LDCs, to ensure their integration.

Developed and developing countries have been called upon to grant duty-free and quota-free market access for products originating from the world’s 46 Least-Developed Countries, LDCs, to ensure their integration.

Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, made the plea while speaking in Doha, Qatar, at the UN Conference of LDCs, of which Nigeria is not listed. He also criticised the current architecture of the global financial system that places an unsustainable external debt burden on the most vulnerable countries, which include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh and Benin Republic.

Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, in an issued statement, said the Nigerian leader warned that such debt burdens would make it extremely difficult for LDCs to meet the 2030 agenda for 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

He also challenged developed countries, civil society actors, the private sector and the business community to partner with the LDCs in order to provide necessary resources and capacity to deliver development outcomes in the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the 2030 Agenda.

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