Countries that meet two of the three LDC criteria
(income per capita, human assets and economic vulnerability) become eligible for graduation and those that do so in two consecutive reviews qualify for graduation from the LDC category. They also qualify if the GNI per capita of the country is at least twice the graduation threshold ($ 2,484) in two consecutive reviews.
Equatorial Guinea graduated from the category of the LDCs in June 2017. It was the fifth country to graduate since the inception of the LDCs category in 1971, following Botswana (1994), Cabo Verde (2007), Maldives (2011) and Samoa (2014). Vanuatu and Angola are scheduled to graduate in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) declared on 15 March 2018 that four LDCs
, namely, Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe and Solomon Islands will be recommended for graduation from the LDC category in 2018.