Indonesia's poverty rate to rise to 14% in 2010

18:12, December 29, 2009      

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The number of Indonesians living in poverty is expected to rise to 32.7 million next year, or 14 percent of 231 million population, an analyst at the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Agus Eko Nugroho said that the predicted increase in the number of poor people was due to the surging inflation rate which would lead to reduction of real income.

The LIPI has predicted that the inflation rate would reach 5.6 percent from 5 percent set in the 2010 state budget.

The failed implementation of government's poverty eradication program is also to blame for the increase in the number of poor people.

"The program only covered 60 to 70 percent of poor people," the analyst said.

According to the data issued by the LIPI, the number of poor people in the country stood at 32.5 million this year, 2.5 million lower than 35 million in 2008.

Source: Xinhua
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