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Published Date: Oct 17, 2019

Continuity in policies key to eradicate poverty in China: Yao Jing

ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP):Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Yao Jing Thursday said over the past 30 years, consistency in policies, flexibility in developmental frameworks for different regions and poverty alleviation central development agenda are the key reasons of poverty eradication in China.
He was addressing a special seminar titled “Celebrating 70 years of China’s achievements in poverty eradication” organized by the China Study Center (CSC) of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a press release said.
Yao Jing said in China, poverty eradication was not just an isolated effort of the government, but part of overall comprehensive development strategy.
Comprehensive development strategy of China is not confined to growth rate only, but it meant to include education, health, environmental protection, social security and high quality development” he said adding comprehensive development strategy was the key to tackle all major challenges of China.
While commenting on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Yao Jing said the CPEC has now transformed and entered into a new second phase where both countries are now focusing on industrial cooperation, agricultural cooperation, and socio-economic development.
“Under social cooperation, we are focusing on six areas including health, education, water, agriculture, poverty eradication and human resource development”, he said adding around 27 different projects in these six areas of cooperation will be implemented.
Executive Director, SDPI, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, while highlighting the theme of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty said that there is a need of shift in our thinking and approach to fight poverty.
“We all need to work together in order to empower our children, their families and communities to help reduce poverty”, he said adding our children are our future, therefore, every single child should have access to quality education, health and a peaceful and secure environment, where he or she could grow without fear of any coercion.
Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Development and Reform, Kanwal Shauzab said China not only miraculously lift its large population out of poverty, but also has become a hub of technologies and innovation in the world through educating their people with advanced technical skills and education.
“There is a dire need to educate and equip our young generation with modern technical skills as per the demand of changing development paradigm”, she said. Pakistan also needs a paradigm shift in the education system to help fight poverty, she stressed.
Dr Hina Aslam, Head of China Study Center, SDPI said China’s industrialization and modernization process started in the 1950s and since then it has made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction.
“In the past 70 years, China has lifted over 800 million people out of poverty, contributing more than 70 per cent to global poverty reduction endeavour”, she said adding China has given us a great learning opportunity to lift our people out of poverty.
Zamir Awan, Sinologist, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and Engr Mushtaq Ahmad Gill (TI), Chief Executive, South Asian Conservation Network (SACAN) Services also presents their thoughts on the occasion.