Mexico sees results in poverty reduction: private think tank
MEXICO CITY, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Mexico has made significant progress in reducing poverty in recent years through effective welfare programs, a private-sector think tank said on Sunday.
From 2014 to 2018, the number of people living in poverty fell by 2.9 million, from 55.3 million to 52.4 million, said the Private Sector Center for Economic Studies (CEESP), part of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Mexico's largest business confederation. The center cited figures from the National Council for Evaluating Social Development Policy (Coneval).
However, more could have been done, the think tank suggested.
The Coneval released a report on Aug. 5 showing extreme poverty also dropped, by 2.1 million people, from 11.4 million to 9.3 million.
Poverty in rural areas remained higher than in urban centers, with a rate of 55.3 percent versus 37.6 percent, respectively.
"While it is true that there is still much left to be done in matter of poverty, the progress has been favorable," said the CEESP.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1, has made fighting poverty one of the central priorities of his administration.
The president has begun by drastically reducing government spending, including slashing his own salary, to free up funding for welfare programs.