04-21-2014, 09:24 AM
Poverty rates .. the government says 18% and experts predict 24%
BAGHDAD / JD / ..
There are conflicting opinions among specialists in economic affairs and officials in the Iraqi government about the poverty rate in Iraq, has confirmed that some international organizations and experts that the poverty rate in Iraq has increased to more than (20%) of any up more than (6) millions of Iraqis living below the poverty line, amid the absence of the development of strategic plans by the Iraqi government.
While the Ministry of Planning announced a decline rates of poverty (23%), which was four years ago to 18% by the development strategy implemented by Iraq with the help of international organizations, including the World Bank.
Member of the Committee on Economy and Investment MP Jassim Mohammed, criticized, statements concerning the Ministry of Planning and retreat rates of poverty in the country to less than (18%), in the absence of approval of the federal budget and stop the development of investment projects.
Said Mohammed told / JD /: "The statistics of the Ministry of Planning regarding the poverty rate in the country inaccurate and are not based on accurate information, because of the lack of real will by the Iraqi government for the advancement of the country and its people," and urged "the ministry statement on the interpretation of these figures adopted on The poverty rate in Iraq. "
He added that Iraq today live in a state of economic recession, as a result of the lack of economic vision of the future which looks at the evolution of the economy and promotion.
He had announced that the United Nations Mission in Iraq, "UNAMI," that six million Iraqis out of 33 million are still living below the poverty line in a country that exceed the annual financial budget of $ 100 billion.
As he supported the religious authority in Karbala, Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai during Friday prayers last "surprise of Ceuta increase poverty in the country, noting that there are more than six million Iraqis are living below the poverty line in the country with its budget of more than 100 billion dollars,
calling candidates in the first elections to think about the eradication of poverty in the country in the event of victory in the upcoming parliamentary elections. "
For his part, saw an economist Muhammad Mandalawi, the poverty rate in the country is measured in terms of average per capita income level as well as provide adequate housing for citizens, but in today's Iraq there is a crisis compounded annually called "housing crisis", which paid most of the families "poor" that are not possess living in slum housing.
He told Mandalawi / JD /: "Since there is an increase of the population living in slums to more than 7% of Iraq's population, according to statistics of the Ministry of Planning, this indicates the increasing rate of poverty in the country."
He pointed out: that the unemployment rate is estimated at about (24%) almost any quarter of Iraq's population are unemployed, this is further evidence of the existence of increasing the rate of poverty in the country, blaming the Iraqi government responsible for increasing the rate of poverty in the country due to the inability to raise the level of per capita income and an end to the housing crisis in the country, despite the availability of funds and human and scientific potential.
To the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning Mahdi Keywords, said the ministry has been able to alleviate poverty through a strategy developed by the Iraqi government to reduce the poverty rate in Iraq to less than 18% after it was estimated (23%) during the year 2008.
And he said: Agency / JD /: that most of the international institutions based in their reports to determine the proportion of people below the poverty line on several aspects, including education, health, household income,
stressing that the proportion of people living in slums can not be adopted as a real poverty in the country, because the number of living In the slums of two million and 450 thousand people, of the total 33 million population of Iraq.