Zim near bottom in new UNDP report

Zimbabwe is number 173 out of 187 in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index Report for 2011.

It trails several African countries including Libya at Number 64 – the highest in Africa – Algeria at Number 96, Egypt (113), Botswana (118) and Namibia (120).

There are four categories in the UNDP Report – Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development, and Low Human Development.

Sub Saharan Africa ranks the lowest after South Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The highest in the HDI Report for 2011 is Norway (1), followed by Australia, The Netherlands and the United States of America (USA).

In the lowest sector, the Solomon Islands lead at Number 142 followed by Kenya, Sao Tome and Principe, and then Pakistan.

This region is anchored by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (187) and includes Zimbabwe at Number 173.

“We were not told what is involved in compiling the Report,” said JoiceKazembe a member from the Zimbabwe Election Commission who attended the launch of the report.

The Minister of Investment and International Co-operation, TapiwaMashakada, also attended the event and said: “Our economy is slowly picking up and you all know where we are coming from – hyperinflation, low productivity as well as unemployment. It has been a long way and we are getting there. Our Mid-Term Development Programme will ensure that we get the intended results.”

Some economists blasted the Report saying it was done in haste and did not take into account the situation on the ground in Zimbabwe right now.

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