China welcomes participation in rural development

Abuluoha Village, the last Chinese village without a road, is connected to the outside world with its new road in Butuo County, Sichuan Province, as seen in June 2020. [Photo/XINHUA]

China welcomes the participation of more countries in the Global Development Initiative and is ready to work with the international community to advance exchanges and cooperation on poverty reduction and rural development, Vice Premier Hu Chunhua said Tuesday.

He made the remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2021 World Rural Development Forum in Beijing.

The initiative, which sets out a blueprint for global development and international cooperation, was proposed by President Xi Jinping during the general debate at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly last month.

China has achieved a complete victory in its fight against absolute poverty and has achieved its poverty reduction target set in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead, bringing wisdom and solutions efforts to reduce global poverty, said Hu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

China has always been an active advocate, a powerful promoter and an important contributor to the fight against global poverty and rural development, he said.

Sunday marked the 29th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, set by the United Nations in 1993.

The central government adopted the date as China’s National Anti-Poverty Day in 2014.

China previously hosted the Global Forum on Poverty Reduction and Development in the Chinese capital to mark the date.

The forum was renamed this year to highlight rural development, a nod to China’s historic shift in focus from poverty reduction to rural revitalization after ending domestic poverty l ‘last year.

The theme of the event this year is “Cooperation on Global Sustainable Development: Poverty Reduction and Rural Development”.

In a message to the forum in 2017, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the targeted poverty reduction strategies, which were key to lifting nearly 100 million rural Chinese out of poverty between 2012 and last year, were the only way to reach the late ones. and achieve the ambitious goals set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The following year, the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly made targeted poverty reduction part of a resolution aimed at eradicating poverty in rural areas.

Jamshid Kuchkarov, Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, said in a video speech at this year’s forum that his government has always admired and learned from China to reduce poverty and raise living standards.

He said he was not surprised that China’s achievements in poverty reduction were recognized by the UN.

Kuchkarov said Uzbekistan is studying the international experience of fighting poverty as it strives to become an upper middle-income country by 2030.

“Obviously, one of the main partners in this field has become the People’s Republic of China, especially the International Center for Poverty Reduction in China, whose advanced experience is widely used in our country. In the short period, significant results have been achieved, ”he said. noted.

On the sidelines of the forum, the Uzbek Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Center for Poverty Reduction in China.

The document aims to strengthen bilateral cooperation in poverty reduction and stipulates that the parties will exchange experiences, opinions and ideas in the field, as well as implement pilot projects in Uzbekistan based on Chinese best practices. .

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