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Social development the central focus
July 2, 2003


"The national budget outlined allocations for millions of dollars for improving the lives of persons and these allocations are not specific to any one area.

In his Independence speech, President Bharrat Jagdeo emphasized Government's commitment to provide better quality services for the people of Guyana. He said, "We must further enhance the delivery of education, health care, housing and other social services."

After this Administration's accession to office in 1992, several measures to improve the standard of living of all Guyanese, have been implemented. With a population of over 700,000 although relatively underpopulated, the Government has worked assiduously to reduce poverty status.In the early 1990s, there was approximately 80% of the population living in absolute poverty at the year 2000. Today, this has been reduced to less than 40%.

A National Development Strategy (NDS) Paper and a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) were drafted to improve the performance of the country to influence macro and micro economic growth and improve social services."

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