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Poverty In Fiji Is At A Historic Low

Poverty In Fiji Is At A Historic Low
October 12
09:47 2018


Over the weekend, a newslet­ter was released by the Head of the Catholic Church of Fiji that contained wildly inaccurate information on poverty rates and income inequality in Fiji. While an apology has since been issued, the record must be fully corrected.

Given the number of concerned Fijians who have brought the news­letter issued by the Head of the Catholic Church to our attention, we are providing the TRUTH for the Fijian people on the strong record of Government in lifting Fijian families out of poverty.

FALSE CLAIM: Poverty is on the rise in Fijigraph 1

Graph I shows that the overall National Poverty Rate in Fiji is de­creasing. That is occurring in rural and urban areas alike: Rural Pover­ty in Fiji has decreased from 43 per cent in 2008-2009 to 36.7 per cent in 2013-2014 and Urban Poverty has de­creased from around 28 per cent in 2002-2003 to 19.8 pr cent in 2013-2014.

FALSE CLAIM: Tax reforms in Fiji are benefitting the wealthy Our society is becoming more equal

The latest study by the Interna­tional Monetary Fund has showed the gap between the rich and the disadvantaged is decreasing in Fiji. Income inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, is going down, from 40.4 in 2008 to 36.4 in 2013.

Fiji’s Human Development Status is at a Record High

A critical measure of a nation’s progress is the Human Develop­ment Index, as measured by the United Nations Development Pro­gramme. This index is determined by a wide range of factors, includ­ing access to education, health out­comes and per capita income.

Fiji has moved from a Medium Hu­man Development Status country to a High Human Development Sta­tus country. A remarkable achieve­ment in a short period of time. (View Graph II).

These are the facts.

Source: Office of the Attorney-Gen­eral



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