INDONESIA POVERTY RATE FALLS TO LOWEST LEVEL EVER: BPS
The poverty rate in Indonesia has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. The head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), Suhariyanto, said March 2018 was the first time ever for the poverty rate to be in the single digits, adding that the number of poor people was recorded at 25.95 million, The Jakarta Post reports. The result is in line with a target set by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), which stated in early 2018 that the poverty rate will be reduced to below 10 per cent this year. Infrastructure has become the top priority under President Joko Widodo administration, and it is playing a very important role to overcome poverty as Bappenas head Bambang Brodjonegoro said during the opening of the Indonesia Development Forum in Jakarta.