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Government admits that poverty in the country has increased to "more than 54 percent"

The government assumed Friday that multidimensional poverty in the country has "worsened to more than 54 percent," mainly due to the "difficulties imposed by covid-19" in addition to "excessive rainfall, drought and other calamities."


According to the Minister of Economy and Planning, Sérgio Santos, who admitted an "increase in the population in a vulnerable condition in the country," the data on poverty in Angola are being constantly updated.

"The most recent data on multidimensional poverty, published by the INE [National Statistics Institute], gave a worrying poverty level in Angola of around 54 percent, we know that this number may have worsened, especially in the last year," the minister said this Friday, when questioned by Lusa.

For Sergio Santos, the covid-19 contributed to the "increase of the degree of vulnerability" of many families in the country, who lost their income as a result of the pandemic, aggravated by "worrying situations such as excess of rains or the lack of them.

The "natural calamities may also have taken income from many families, so this data must be permanently updated," he pointed out.

The minister was speaking this Friday at the end of a presentation ceremony of the program on "Strengthening Synergies between Social Protection and Public Finance Management", budgeted at 1.8 million euros, funded by the European Union (EU).

The governor considered that the program presented aims to improve the living conditions of Angolans, because the "level of vulnerability in the country is still high" and, with the covid-19 crisis and other situations, the vulnerable population has been increasing.

"That's why we want to thank our development partners, because the main concern of our government is with social welfare, what we want with all the programs we have is to improve the living condition of Angolans," he pointed out.

The program launched this Friday in Luanda, which will be implemented by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), foresees strengthening the capacity of public institutions to increase budgets and improve the delivery of social protection services in Angola.

Sérgio Santos reiterated the Government's gratitude to the United Nations and the EU "in this moment that is difficult for all the countries in the world".

He considered the moment "very important" in the cooperation with international partners because, he noted, it is necessary "to do everything to not leave anyone behind", to support the populations, "especially those more vulnerable".

The European Union's funding envelope "is destined for eight countries in the world, Angola was selected as a country concerned with social development, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.

The "improvement of synergies" between the various ministerial departments dedicated to the three pillars of social protection in the country, namely basic social protection, social security and complementary, is among the "immediate actions" to be developed.

"We think that with this EU-funded effort we will be able, by the end of the project in 2022, to bring concrete things to improve the synergies of our programs in the social area," he stressed.

One of the concrete products of this synergy, underlined Sérgio Santos, will be the improvement of statistics.

"Therefore, to the beneficiaries of the social programs, we want to promote greater digitalization, training of the technicians who work with social protection and better alignment of the programs in order to optimize the few resources we have," he concluded.


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