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Submitted by Shanta on

Dear Mr. Atheeq: Thank you for your comment. I was using an earlier estimate (also from the World Bank) of India's poverty rate during the 1990s and early 2000s. During this period, growth was over 7 percent and poverty was declining at about one percent a year. You are right that, after 2005, the pace of poverty reduction has picked up. Perhaps this means that poverty reduction accelerates with a lag of about 10 years. Incidentally, while Zambia's growth was commodity-led, Tanzania's was not. It is only recently that Tanzania has become a major mineral producer. Shanta