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Santo Domingo.- UN development system representatives on Monday said despite the country's recent decline in poverty and rising economic growth, social inequality is still one of Dominican Republic's great challenges.

UN Population Fund (UNFRA) assistant representative Sonia Vasquez said the country's "extremely high levels" of economic growth haven't reduced social inequalities. "If you review the recent years, we find variations in poverty reduction, but social inequality continue as one of the most unequal countries and that, of course, is part of what happens in Latin America and the Caribbean."

She said poverty has to be attacked to close the social inequality gap while to reduce social inequality, policies as mechanisms are needed to redistribute the country's wealth.

Vasquez said the country has a set of programs to improve the conditions of extremely vulnerable people, citing "Progressing in Solidarity", "Quisqueya without misery" and the health program Senasa, which she affirms have been successful and is a source for hope in other countries.

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On that topic UN Development Program (UNDP) resident representative Lorenzo Jimenez de Luis said to achieve compliance with the 2030 agenda in reducing poverty, a fiscal policy that is progressive is needed, which doesn't penalize the poor through the ITEBI (VAT) tax.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: bernies, 24 Oct 2016 12:37 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Juan Dolio
Of course it hasn't because we are getting around 130,000 Haitians moving to this country every year, so no matter if our government takes 80,000 Dominicans are poverty it is still going to show a negative balance of people coming out of people because when the UN and all those groups do the counts they don't just count Dominicans they also count all those illegal immigrants in the country of 90% are Haitians.
Written by: blue105, 24 Oct 2016 4:40 PM
From: United States
totally agree with you on that one. when i go there most dominicans seem to be doing better on average while i notice there are more haitian living in poverty usually replacing. It would be nice if other countries would take more of them in like CARRiCom
Written by: Ricardolito, 24 Oct 2016 10:10 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
I also agree ..from my observations in the capital and in the east ..hard to know what can be done with the Haitian problem ,
Written by: FromB, 25 Oct 2016 9:12 AM
From: Belgium
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