Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Iraq Aims To Cut Poverty By 7% In Four Years

The Planning Ministry's Central Statistics Agency in Iraq said that, by 2014, Iraq is aiming to cut poverty from 23% to 16%. The Poverty Reduction Strategy was announced in 2009 which included the detailed discussions on alleviation strategies such as, microcredits to the poor and ensuring fair wages. The document also identifies top three of the country's 18 provinces with the highest poverty rates: Muthanna in the south, Babil in the center and Salahadin in the north. The strategies will be put in place this year and it is expected that in 4 years Iraq will be able to achieve significant progress in poverty alleviation.

-Nisha Noor