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The World Bank has upgraded Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar, and Tajikistan to its lower middle income classification from least developed countries (LDCs) while South Sudan has fallen back into the low-income group. In a statement released late on Thursday, the World Bank said Gross National Income per capita (GNI) was continuing to improve in these countries, allowing them to join the group where annual incomes range from $1,046 to $4,125. Mongolia and Paraguay moved from lower middle-income status to upper middle-income, where income is $4,126 to $12,735 a year, the bank said, while South Sudan has fallen back into the bracket where per capita incomes are $1,045 or less.
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