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President concerned over Indonesia’s 1.3% annual Population Growth

Monday November 13, 2006

President Yudhoyono warns that Indonesia’s population growth of 1.3% annually is higher than even before the 1997 economic crisis, and is an alert signal for all, since population growth impacts the supply of food that must be supplied by the government, increased need for health facilities and, of course, the need for more jobs.  For this reason, the President has asked the National Family Planning Board to resume stepping up its family planning campaigns, reports Bisnis Indonesia. The President was speaking in conjunction with the opening of the National Congress on ’s Human Development 2006. 

Earlier, reports mentioned that ’s population growth has been declining from 1.34% between the years 2000-2005, to 1.27% between 2005-2010, and is projected to  slide further down to 0.83% between 2020-2025. 

Meanwhile, UNDP has raised Human Development Index of Indonesia to no.108 among 177 countries, up from no. 117. HDI is measured based on per capita income, level of education, health and life expectancy. ’s position was reached on the assumption that the poor who earn less than US$ 2 per day came to 52.4% of total population, while those living on the criteria of the national poverty line (2,100 calories per person/day) was 27.1% between 1990-2004. 

Comparing the above figures with other ASEAN Countries, in , for example during the same period, the percentage of ’s population living below US$ 2 per day was 25.2%, and those living on the national poverty line was 13.1%. 

Seen from the indicator of education, the percentage of illiterate adults in was 9.6% compared to 7.4% in , commented Bisnis in its editorial of 13 November.