Azerbaijan International

Winter 2002 (10.4)
Page 82

Business and Opportunities
UNDP 2002 Report

The 2002 Azerbaijan Human Development Report is now available from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). According to the 2002 report, Azerbaijan has moved up to 79th place (out of 162 countries) in the Human Development Index (HDI); in 1999, it was in 110th place. The HDI scale measures the human development of a country in terms of life expectancy, per-capita income and literacy rates.

Azerbaijan's HDI declined between 1992 and 1995, but has been rising ever since 1996. In the industrial and agricultural sectors, Azerbaijan has seen sustainable economic growth since 1996 and 1998, respectively. The report also noted certain shortcomings, such as the difference in HDI between rural and urban areas and Azerbaijan's high level of poverty, which is directly related to its large number of refugees and internally displaced people. Marco Borzotti is UNDP Resident Coordinator. For a complimentary copy, contact Urkhan Alakbarov,

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