China-South Asian Countries Poverty Alleviation Centre starts journey

Diplomatic Correspondent

12 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

China-South Asian Countries Poverty Allevia-tion and Cooperative Development Centre was officially launched in Chongqing city, southwest-central China aiming to establish cooperation on poverty eradication and help South Asian countries’ economic development and livelihood improvement.

Assistant Foreign Minister of China Wu Jianghao, Chongqing Vice Mayor Cai Yunge, Supervision Officer of National Administration for Rural Revitalisation Li Yue, and Ambassadors of South Asian countries such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to China attended and addressed the ceremony held on July 8.

The establishment of China-South Asian Countries Poverty Allevia-tion and Cooperative Development Centre is an important initiative proposed by State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on behalf of the Chinese government at the Conference of Foreign Ministers of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka on COVID-19 in April 2021, which was well received by the South Asian countries.

The Centre aims to pool strength, integrate resources, and exchange wisdom to support and help the South Asian countries’ economic development and livelihood improvement, jointly promoting the cause of poverty reduction.

Wu Jianghao said in his remarks, General Secretary Xi Jinping solemnly declared at a Ceremony Marking the Centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that China has brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty in China, according to a press statement of Foreign Ministry of China.

This is not only a great achievement scored by the CPC and the Chinese people, but also an important part for humanity to get rid of poverty.

Chongqing Vice Mayor Cai Yunge said in his remarks, Chongqing has firmly implemented the important guidelines of General Secretary Xi Jinping on poverty alleviation and development. Chongqing’s work in poverty relief is a vivid epitome of the national battle against poverty, and a reflection of the miracle China has created in poverty reduction.

Chongqing is willing to share poverty relief experience and practices with South Asian countries, and establish cooperation on poverty eradication demonstration projects, contributing to building the Centre into a new platform and a new brand for friendly cooperation between China and South Asia, he added.

Bangladeshi Ambassador to China Mahbub Uz Zaman, Afghan Ambassador to China Javid Ahmad Qaem, Nepalese Ambassador to China Mahendra Bahadur Pandey, Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin-ul-Haque and Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Palitha Kohona also spoke on the occasion.

The South Asian countries envoys expressed warm congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, applaud China’s extraordinary achievements in all fields, especially in poverty alleviation, under the strong leadership of the CPC, and speak highly of the leading role of China in cooperation of the six countries.

The ambassadors said poverty alleviation and development are an important task and a prominent challenge of the South Asian countries, so the Centre initiated by China is set up at a most opportune time.

They stand ready to work with China to build the Centre, strengthen exchanges and mutual learning, promote regional peace and prosperity, and improve the well-being of the people in the region.

At the ceremony, participants watched the documentary Xi Leads Fight Against Poverty. Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Jianghao and Deputy Mayor Cai Yunge presented General Secretary Xi Jinping’s English edition of Up and Out of Poverty.

After the ceremony, Chinese and foreign guests visited Liuyin Town, Beibei District of Chongqing and inspected demonstration sites of poverty alleviation and rural revitalisation.