Chairperson of Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Khairat Barakat announced on Monday that 32.5 percent of Egyptians are living below the poverty line, compared to 27.8% in 2015, with a 4.7 percent increase.
This came within the expenditure and income survey of 2017-2018 prepared by the the official statistical agency of Egypt.
According to Barakat, the survey came during a defining moment as Egypt is carrying on with its economic reform program and achieving sustainable development goals.
Barakat stated that the survey was conducted on 26,000 families from all governorates, noting that the CAPMAS team has visited these families eight times within the duration of the survey, which was conducted over two years.
CAPMAS set the national poverty line at EGP 735.7 per month, EGP 8827 per year, compared to EGP 482 per month , EGP 5787.9 per year in 2015 survey.
The extreme poverty line for an individual in Egypt in 2017-2018 survey reached EGP 5890 per year, EGP 491, the CAPMAS survey said.
The CAPMAS survey noted that extreme poverty rate has also returned back recording 6.2 perecent among the Egyptians.