UNDP: Venezuela among countries with high human development index
Chile and Argentina were the only two Latin American countries in the group with "very high" human development index in 2011
Chile (44) and Argentina (45) were the only two Latin American countries included in the list of "very high" human development index in 2011, according to the Human Development Report's annual rankings of national achievement in health, education and income, released Wednesday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to the report, Norway leads the world in the 2011 Human Development Index (HDI) with an index of 0.943.
The UNDP segment devoted to countries with "high" human development index includes Uruguay (0.783), Cuba (0.776), México (0.770), Panamá (0.768), Costa Rica (0.744), Venezuela (0.735), Peru (0.725), Ecuador (0,720), Brazil (0.718), Colombia (0.710) and Belize (0.699).
Comparative data in the last five years (2006-2011) show that Cuba (+10) and Venezuela and Tanzania (+7) are the countries that have moved up higher in the HDI rank, which takes into account income, life expectancy and education level in each country, Efe pointed out.
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.