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Stung Treng poverty still high despite slight decrease

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Chairman of Stung Treng Provincial Council Chheang Lak at the press conference at the Council of Ministers yesterday. KT/Khem Sovannara

Stung Treng province has reported relatively high levels of poverty in comparison to other parts of the country, despite a slight drop in the rate from 2019 to last year.

The Stung Treng provincial authorities announced yesterday that the poverty rate in the province dropped to 24 percent last year, a reduction of 0.8 percent compared to 2019.

Speaking at a press conference at the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh, Stung Treng provincial hall spokesman Meng Kong said that in 2019 the poverty rate was at 24.8 percent and in 2020, the poverty rate decreased to 24 percent.

He said even though the rate has dropped, when compared with the rest of the country, the rate in Stung Treng province is still high, which means the provincial authorities need to take action and attract investment more to develop the area.

He added, however, the challenges lie in having enough human resources and public investment to create enough jobs.

Kong said more infrastructure for public health and agricultural development is currently under construction in order to create more jobs for local people.

“We noticed that only 30 to 40 percent of the population is unemployed in the province which is not high enough to warrant a response as the province is attracting more labour and employment for development,” he said.

Provincial Council chamber member Chheang Lak said: “In order to prepare the administration, the province is taking care to serve the people and develop all sectors.”

Stung Treng province resident Sam Samnang said she was born and raised in the province and she loves her hometown, and she has noticed increased development.

“There are many tourist destinations and agriculture sectors. Stung Treng is the best place for me and other residents to live and work in,” she said.

According to a provincial hall report yesterday, about 80 percent of Stung Treng provincial residents make a living from agriculture, including farming, agriculture and fishing. Other occupations include trade, industry, handicrafts, services and public servants. “GDP per capita by the end of 2020 was $1,530, and the poverty rate dropped to 24 percent.”

Stung Treng province is located in the northeast of the country, 455 kilometres from Phnom Penh. The province covers an area of 12,016 square kilometres and is divided into six cities, 34 districts, 128 communes and 128 villages. There are 164,598 people living there.

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