Poverty study result to be released in December

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE outcome of a study on poverty in Brunei will be (released) in December this year, said Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday.

"It is appropriate that poverty is (examined) properly and researched in details, before any solutions and measures are taken," Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Ahmad Hj Jumat said in response to Belait District representative to Legislative Council (LegCo) Hj Mohd Shafiee Ahmad's queries on the progress of the poverty study during the seventh day of LegCo sixth session yesterday.

"The one-year study is a collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and ZD Consultant, a local consulting service firm," said Pehin Dato Dr Hj Ahmad.

He said that in a move to further enhance the (efficiency) of the collaboration,

a special committee has been established under the ministry which would hold meetings with the consultant every three months to gain feedbacks and progress of the study. "The teams will meet four times, until the final result is delivered in December," he added.

The study, which was conducted early this year, following the signing of an agreement in January, will define poverty in Brunei. The study will be followed by a preparation of an extensive database of persons identified as poor. Data collected will be used as a basis for a national plan to end poverty in the country.

Brunei's poverty issue has resulted in various assumptions on its causes as well the search for the best solutions to nip it in the bud.

In a report by The Brunei Times last January, it cited the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Paduka Hj Jemat Ampal as saying that the signing was a starting point for one of the government's initiative to end poverty in the nation.

The Brunei Times