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Mongolia|life|September 13, 2021 / 04:41 PM
Mongolian president calls for end to absolute poverty in coming decade

AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh on Monday called on the private and public sectors to work together to eliminate absolute poverty over the next decade.

Khurelsukh made the remarks at a consultative meeting of public and private organizations and investors under the theme of accelerating economic recovery during COVID-19 pandemic at the country's State House here, Xinhua reports.

Khurelsukh said there is a need to increase incomes, limit rising prices, recover exports, and implement major projects and programs, noting that creating a new legal environment would be necessary to accelerate Mongolia's economic recovery, and transit from welfare to work, from mining to processing, and from imports to exports.

"At least 30 percent of Mongolia's population of around 3.4 million is still poor. Therefore, let's set a goal to become absolute poverty-free country in the next 10 years," he said.

He stressed the government must support wealth creators, businesses and investors and protect them from any risks.

In addition, vaccines are the only way to prevent infections and save lives, the president said, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mongolia reported its first imported COVID-19 case in March 2020 and confirmed its first locally transmitted case in November last year.

The Asian country has so far confirmed a total of 257,770 COVID-19 cases, with 1,046 related deaths.

So far, 65 percent of the country's total population has received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

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