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The Level of Poverty in Kyrgyzstan Will Continue to Grow

Monday 24 December 2012

BISHKEK (24.kg news agency) – “The level of poverty in Kyrgyzstan will continue to grow,” Pradeep Sharma, UNDP Kyrgyzstan Deputy Resident Representative, stated at today’s meeting with President Almazbek Atambayev.

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Pradeep Sharma, UNDP Acting Deputy Country Director
(Photo: UNDP/Martine Perret)

According to him, in 2009 31% of the population lived below the poverty level while in 2011 this figure rose to 37%. “In Talas and Naryn up to 50% of the citizens live in poverty. About 10% of the population leave the country because of unemployment. Without remittances of migrant workers, the poverty level would amount to 43%,” Pradeep Sharma said.

He added that most likely, it won’t be possible to reduce the poverty level to 28% as it was stated in the Social Development Strategy for 2012-2014.

As it was noted during the meeting, Kyrgyzstan will not reach the Millennium Development Goals, in particular, the reduction to the required level of infant and maternal mortality.

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