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Inclusive economy key to combating poverty, inequality

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 12 2018   /  02:46 am

The government has promised to further promote economic inclusivity as part of efforts to reduce poverty and inequality in the country, especially in rural areas where the poverty rate is generally higher than in cities.Speaking at an event held as part of the Annual Meetings of International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in Kuta, Bali, on Thursday National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said that developing the economy was the key to combating poverty, specifically the inequality problem.“We need to drive economic development that provides equitable access and opportunities for all segments of society, improves welfare and reduces disparities between groups and regions,” Bambang said in a seminar titled “Inclusive Economic Growth: Reducing Poverty and Inequality”.Bambang explained said that Indonesia’s poverty rate dropped to single digits for the firs...