Burundi National Development Plan for 2018-2027 to tackle the problem of poverty.

Burundi National Development Plan (NDP) for 2018-2027 (PNB 2018-2027) is an “appropriate response” to the problem of poverty in Burundi, said Ms. Jeanine Hashazinka, Director General of Planning at Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Development Cooperation.

Burundi poverty rate decreased to 2.5%.

Ms. Hashazinka, who was speaking at a ceremony dedicated to the international day of eradicating poverty celebrated by the Burundian government in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), announced that the rate of the poverty rate in Burundi between 2006 and 2014, saw a decrease from 67.1% to 64.6%, which is a decrease of 2.5%.

Ms. Hashazinka, who based her data on the last National Survey of Household Living Conditions of Burundians carried out in 2014 by the Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of Burundi (ISTEEBU), has noted that with regard to the results of this survey, two Burundians out of three do not yet meet food and non-food basic needs.

Tackling socio-economic challenges.

As part of the process of poverty tackling in Burundi over the years to come, she said, the NDP is going tackle various socioeconomic challenges.

With that, Ms. Hashazinka cited low economic growth, insufficient infrastructures, weak investments targeting of growth sectors such as agriculture and energy infrastructure.

Burundi, she explained, hopes that once these challenges are met, the primary sector could record during the implementation period of NDP 2018-2027 an average growth of 8.3%, average growth of 19.2% for the secondary sector and average growth of 7.9% for the tertiary sector.

Ms. Hashazinka, who is also Chair of the Technical Committee who participated in development of the NDP, has endorsed National Survey of Household Living Conditions of Burundians’ latest findings which there is in Burundi a “negative correlation” between monetary poverty and the householder’s level of education, access to water and electricity, and level of pay.

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