EGP 482 per month becomes new poverty line

Adel M. Fakhry
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The number of people living below the poverty line increased to 26.3% of the population (Photo by Sarah El Masry)

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) survey indicated that the amount of money needed to sustain the basic necessities of life has risen to EGP 482 per month in FY 2014/2015, while Egypt’s wealthiest 10% of the population maintain expenses at an average of EGP 1,924 per month.

The poverty line has risen from EGP 326 in FY 2012/2013 to EGP 482 in FY 2014/2015, Heba El-Laithy, professor of statistics at Cairo University, told Aswat Masreya.

El-Laithy said:  “Across all age groups, the poor are less likely to enrol in education, which means that poverty is inherited and the poor will stay poor. However, quality education is able to propel citizens from poverty.”

Results of the survey also showed that Egypt’s wealthiest 10% spend around EGP 1,924 monthly, and almost EGP 23,000 annually, while pointing that Egypt’s urban cities are richer than rural ones.

The highest percentages of the population under the poverty line are located in Assiut and Sohag, accounting for 66%, CAPMAS added, while 18% of Cairo’s population is under the poverty line.

Albeit, CAPMAS results revealed that food subsidies secured 4.6% of the population from dropping below the poverty line, but another statistic showed that 77% of Egypt’s wealthiest 10% used subsidy cards in 2015.

Inflation has been recording new heights, and in June 2016, it reached 14.6%. Also, the Egyptian pound weakened against the US dollar in the exchange market, reaching EGP 7.88 in official markets, and EGP 12.50 in unofficial ones.

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