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Int'l delegates observe poverty reduction in Hebei
国务院新闻办公室网站 www.scio.gov.cn   2016-12-20   来源:China SCIO
  

Up to 30 people from 21 foreign countries, regions and international organizations recently visited an agricultural carnival, a program for targeted poverty reduction, in Nanhe County of Xingtai, north China's Hebei Province.

The activity, China in the Eyes of Foreign Friends – Focusing on Targeted Poverty Reduction, was organized by the State Council Information Office (SCIO) of China. Its purpose is to raise awareness among foreign diplomats from countries like Iceland, Nepal, Afghanistan and Indonesia as well as division chiefs of international organizations, of how China has been progressing in its targeted poverty reduction campaign.

Minister Counselor Ragnar Balduson from the Icelandic Embassy in China acknowledged the agricultural carnival's achievements. He said that the program has made farmers shareholders, raised their income and promoted planting skills.

Xingtai, located south-centrally in the province, has 10 severely poverty-stricken counties with 328,500 people living under the poverty line. Since the beginning of the year, Xingtai has been aggressively carrying out targeted poverty reduction. Through developing industries, implementing policies, strengthening the construction of infrastructure and unveiling financial measures, the city has a plan to lift 144,300 people in four counties out of poverty by the end of the year.

During the three day visit, the delegation also visited the "Beautiful Village," a poverty reduction plan that is developing tourism in Chengyang Village, Xishu Township of Lincheng County, a livestock project in Dongmou Village of Heicheng Town, as well as the poverty reduction efforts led by Hebei Lvling Fruit Industry Ltd.

A Mongolian diplomat expressed his enlightenment from visiting the livestock program, commenting that it was similar with the situation in Mongolia, where livestock is a large industry. He said the multiple partnerships that involve the government, the private sector, professional agricultural cooperatives and the poverty-stricken household is a lesson worth learning from. He added that he would seek to promote Xingtai's experience back in Mongolia.

The activity, China in the Eyes of Foreign Friends – Focusing on Targeted Poverty Reduction, aims to showcase to the world the true development achievements in China and the latest development ideas of China, in addition to promoting exchanges and communication between China and the world.

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