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Chinese, African officials meet on poverty reduction
September 08,2017   By:chinahumanrights.org

September 8, 2017 -- The Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference, a sub-forum of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) kicked off in Balaclava, northwest Mauritius Wednesday.

Under the theme of “Africa and China: Rising to New Challenges in Poverty Reduction”, government officials and scholars from China and 12 African countries held discussions to find out effective approaches for China-Africa cooperation on poverty reduction.

Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth said simple solutions cannot tackle complicated issues about poverty. Mauritius is focusing on how to lift poor families out of poverty and make them self-sufficient.

Xia Gengsheng, member of the State Council Leading Group Office for Poverty Alleviation and Development, said he hopes the conference can provide approaches to improving Chinese and African people’s welfare under the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative proposed by China.”

“China will support the economic development, employment and poverty alleviation in Africa to achieve common and inclusive development,” Xia added.

The two-day conference is co-sponsored by the State Council Leading Group Office for Poverty Alleviation and Development and Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment of Mauritius.

Founded in 2010 and aimed at promoting China-Africa exchanges and cooperation on poverty reduction and development, the FOCAC was officially included in the overall framework of the China-Africa cooperation in 2015.

By: Ma Yangyang