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.