Burma Slipped Further Down on UN Development Chart As New Govt. Tries to Reform the Economy
4 November 2011: Burma has been ranked 149th of 187 countries in the world by the United Nations in its annual Human Development Index for 2011. The country has slipped significantly further down on the list from its position last year when it was placed at 132nd.
The gloomy data from the United Nations Development Program came amid the recent initiatives by the new ‘civilian’ government which has vowed to tackle poverty in the impoverished nation of about 50 millions.
With Vietnam at 128th, Loas 138th and Cambodia 139th, Burma scores the lowest among its Southeast Asian neighbors in national achievements in health, education and income. It is also among some of the lowest ranked countries surveyed by the United Nations for the 2011 Human Development Index report.
At 26th, Singapore ranks the highest among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, followed by Brunei Darussalam, 33rd.
The annual survey placed Norway at the top of the list and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the bottom among the 187 nations surveyed.
According to the UNDP Poverty Profile (2009-2010), Chin State was the poorest state in all of Burma with as many as 73% of its nearly 500,000 residents living under the poverty line.