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Top 10 Poorest Countries in Asia

Top 10 Poorest Countries in Asia


Top 10 Poorest Countries in Asia. Asia as a whole has long been seen as a powerhouse
of the economy. While countries like China, Japan and India
continue to grow and be major players in the world market, some countries continue to struggle
to keep pace. Here are the top 10 countries in Asia with
the lowest per capita income. All figures are drawn from calculations based
on World Bank Gross Domestic Product and Gross National Income data. 10: Cambodia, $2,600. The 70th most populated country on the planet
also happens to be one of the poorest. While home to beautiful landscapes and the
heritage site of Angkor Wat, the primary interest in Cambodia is the workforce. Businesses, especially those in the clothing
manufacture business flock to Cambodia as the cost of labor is among the cheapest in
the world. This poverty is further compounded by a history
of war, genocide, and a heavy reliance on sustenance farming. 9: Kyrgyzstan, $2,500. The mountainous country once known for being
a portion of the route called the Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan has kept itself quite traditional
in lifestyle. Agriculture makes up nearly a third of the
GDP, and forestry (namely the harvesting of Walnuts) is also an important economic factor. This may be a crisis in the future, as the
irrigation systems have been in a state of decay for over a decade. As a past member of the Soviet Union, the
central government still exerts control over the small mining enterprises throughout the
nation, even while the state transitions to a free-market economy. 8: Yemen, $2,351. Though neighbor to one of the richest countries
in the world, Yemen has itself seen much better days. Often cited as having a government unique
in being openly corrupt, there is also open corruption in the private sector that translates
to an excessive pay gap between wealthy and poor. Nearly half of the country is employed in
service and tourism jobs despite security risks consistently turning away a large share
of tourists to other locations such as the United Arab Emirates. To make matters worse, political violence
between government loyalists and Houthis has greatly increased in the recent past bringing
even further uncertainty to the region both in terms of security and economy. 7: Tajikistan, $2,300. A country with a history rich in culture,
but not always wealthy in terms of liquid assets. Tajikistan is still recovering from the civil
war nearly 10 years ago, the 2008 economic crisis, and at time of writing it is predicted
that this country may fall into conflict against ISIS. Even in the face of this threat, the economy
continues a long trend of improvement as it builds infrastructure to extract valuable
metals and move forward as a transition economy. 6: Papua New Guinea, $2,250. Despite being the 6th fastest growing economy
from 2011-2015, New Guinea has yet to cash in on large mining opportunities. Nearly 40% of the population live through
sustenance farming, and don’t directly contribute to the economy. Furthermore these groups enjoy unique protections
under the national Constitution to preserve the many cultures present. New Guinea while not the strongest economically,
has perhaps the most diversity per square kilometer. Blending Commonwealth, Asian and Pacific Island
cultures and values, it remains a peaceful society despite containing a large number
of languages and ethnic variation. 5: Bangladesh, $2,085. Bangladesh is a country of contradiction. Despite being among the largest producers
of Rice and Tea in the world and one of the largest banking sectors in South East Asia,
the average income of its citizens is among the lowest in the world. This can partly be attributed to the past
40 years which have seen all manner of small scale, but economically debilitating rebellions. This is particularly ironic, as Bangladesh
is the single biggest contributor to United Nations peacekeeping forces and as of 2015
was rated as the most peaceful nation in Southeast Asia. 4: North Korea, $1,800. This “Hermit Kingdom” is often seen as
the poster child for poverty. With the average citizen making less than
$15 a week through normal economic channels, the black or grey markets are the primary
sources of income for most. This of course means that a vast number of
citizens are subject to inconsistent paychecks as a result of government crackdowns and the
inevitable need to pay bribes to continue to exist. In defense of North Korea, they at least nominally
have a public food distribution system that reportedly sustains 70% of the country when
famines aren’t present. While exceedingly poor at present, it is thought
that there is an abundance of metal resources. With adequate infrastructure, it is estimated
the value of these metals could be between $4 trillion to $6 trillion. 3: Myanmar, $1,777. Myanmar has not had what anyone could call
an easy past. Almost 200 years of occupation, war and civil
unrest has followed this country (also called Burma) into the modern age, along with a large
list of human rights violations. Among these are common reports of forced child
labor, human trafficking and genocidal acts by the government. It comes as no surprise that this has greatly
hindered the number of educated workers within the country. The economy likewise has been rough. Since the banning of Opium Poppies, many farmers
have had no cash crop, and the economy relies primarily on the exporting natural gas to
neighboring countries. 2: Nepal, $1,500. Even before the earthquake disaster of 2015,
Nepal was already a place where health as well as poverty were major concerns. Over 40% of the population lives off less
than $2 a day, and nearly one third of homes are without modern sanitation (such as toilets). 70% find employment in the agricultural sector,
while garment industries and tourism make up a significant portion of the rest of the
workforce. 1: Afghanistan, $1,100. After suffering decades of being a war-torn
nation, it should come as no surprise that Afghanistan heads this list. Like many on this list, a majority of Afghanistan’s
economy is based on agriculture, even though only 6% of the nations land has proven usable. While animal husbandry used to also be a major
economic factor, up to 80% of domestically useful species were wiped out by incursions
of Iranian and Pakistani refugees in the early 2000’s. The future continues to look uncertain for
this country, as the entire region is engaged yet again with a large terrorist threat that
is sure to hinder growth and development.

100 comments on “Top 10 Poorest Countries in Asia

  1. I'm actually heart broken there is someone in Roblox bully me for having no robux and sayibg I'm poor because I live at Malaysia 🙁

  2. No matter how much my family is poor I love my family till end….My country my Pride…We are poor cause of our political violence…Nepal is my mother and I can do anything for my mother ☮️ ☮️ ☮️ Thank you good people for supporting Nepal.

  3. Now a day , Aisan Countries are most powerful by malitary and economy both …
    For example
    In Malitary: Russia, China , India, Isreal, Japan,Turkey, etc
    And in Economy: Russia , China, India, UAE, Singapore, south korea, etc

  4. No matter the country is poor but kindness of this country was very rich it doesnt matter whenever its rich or not because maybe one day they are the ones much richer you know maybe other countries are rich but they are not rich at love they keep saying badword but those countries are full with love From supporting philippines

  5. It's very hard for me to see Bangladesh on this list 😥🇧🇩. Corruption and poor leadership are the only reason for this. Every sectors, be it government or private is corrupted. Hospitals, Banks, schools, colleges everything is corrupted. Politicians and riches are getting more richer and the poors are getting more poorer. We are doing well in agriculture, pharmaceutical,garment industry but I don't know why the lifestyle of the common people isn't changing that much. Our young generation is very talented and active but they're not treated well in this country. That's why they go to foreign countries for leading a better lifestyle. I don't know when our politicians will become less selfish and try to do something for my beloved country. 🇧🇩💔

  6. It's very hard for me to see Bangladesh on this list 😥🇧🇩. Corruption and poor leadership are the only reason for this. Every sectors, be it government or private is corrupted. Hospitals, Banks, schools, colleges everything is corrupted. Politicians and riches are getting more richer and the poors are getting more poorer. We are doing well in agriculture, pharmaceutical,garment industry but I don't know why the lifestyle of the common people isn't changing that much. Our young generation is very talented and active but they're not treated well in this country. That's why they go to foreign countries for leading a better lifestyle. I don't know when our politicians will become less selfish and try to do something for my beloved country. 🇧🇩💔

  7. I love all these countries they might be poor but they are really beautiful and more culturally richer than other rich countries

  8. Where is India ?
    it is a filthy poor country…..
    it has most poor people in the world……..it is dirtiest country in the world……..most dangerous country for women………

  9. We India should help elevate these countries at least which are in our subcontinent.
    If they will prosper and develop they will come up as big importers of our goods and India can also purchase most of their manufacturing being a huge market.
    But since trade surplus will be in our favour… India will have more benefits eventually.

  10. Asia is the storehouse of power, wealth and culture. No one is poor, be it Afghanistan or Yemen. They all are rich in values and culture. Lots to love to Afghans. We Indians love you.

  11. Even though india is poor but I am still proud of my country.
    We must strive to make India poverty free by 2030.
    If China can do it with more population we should be able too.

  12. Poor nepalese, i have lot of sympathy with them there womens are very good and helpful even mens are also helpful, there georaphical location barricade their growth

  13. India make good affords to make nepal rich and wealthy, but now nepal go more to china side,in tis way india cant help any more

  14. Wow I'm really surprised East Timor is not in this list. Congrats East Timor, hope you can be great country. Salam dari Indonesia

  15. may be we are poor but we improving. Our has large number of population so that our per capita Income is low. But our gdp is higher than many rich country. From Bangladesh

  16. Oh my country is Myanmar in I live in the capital which is developed not much but still. But Kayin and other states must be saved

  17. I love all this country if we don't have like this country can't complete the world . Spread love . Love from phillipines ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜♥️

  18. Not all Cambodia is poor but some People in Cambodia Not poor Is so richest🇰🇭💕now Cambodia is better than before

  19. This is not suppose to called the poorest countries this is supposed
    To called the richest countries cause there culture and nature even with no money they are still happy and proud from the Philippines

  20. Do some proper research u bastards..U cant just dissect a countries wealth by only income per capita.What about huge expat workforce ..Bangladesh should not definitely be in this list.

  21. I have a Nepalese friend who used to be the bodyguard of my boss. We became friends eventhough he stutters everytime he speaks broken English. We "highfive" or shake hands when we see at the lobby in the office. – Filipino friend here.

  22. When I was in Dubai. Not enough money to buy food while one Philippines dates selling girl in Carrefour mall near AL gubaiba used to give me some dates everyday for free may God bless her😢

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