Angola Shrinks Social Poverty, says President

Luanda, Oct 19. -Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos said here the national poverty rate dropped from 68% in 2002 to 36.6% by late 2010.In Parliament hearing at the start of the legislative year, dos Santos said such rate may further drop by improving the road infrastructure, including side roads, to transport agricultural productions and fisheries to towns.

On addressing Angola's development, he said the executive stresses in securing general access to food with the right quality and variety plus sharing a $47M budget among 24,000 small farmers at all 18 Angolan provinces as part of the program to fight hunger and social poverty.

This development strategy through 2025, among other goals, includes securing national unity and cohesion, promoting peace and pride for their homeland.

It also promotes, in addition to helping the least advanced regions, the improvement of national education and health care reinforcing the primary health networks that already extends to 78% the population.

Dos Santos reminded of success like vaccinating 91% the children under 12 months and immunizing six million children under five years from polio. (Prensa Latina)