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Without central SOEs, Tibet's anti-poverty battle would be harder
September 10,2018   By:Xinhua
 
During the 13th Five-year period (2016-2020), central SOEs arranged aid packages worth 1.665 billion yuan to Tibet -- 474 million yuan more than their actual input made in the previous five-year period, an increase of 40 percent.
 
In the past two years, 16 SOEs have financed 175 poverty relief programs with more than 600 million yuan, benefiting 21,000 people in 240 villages, according to official local statistics.
 
China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO), the biggest food processor, manufacturer and trader in China, has cultivated a circular agricultural program in Lhozhag County where worm breeding and vegetable cultivation have been developed to produce natural feed for an egg farm, and therefore made the organically produced Tibetan eggs a new hit product.
 
The production value of this project surpassed two million yuan in 2017, benefiting 51 impoverished people, according to Li Guowei, a COFCO manager who has been working in Tibet for nine years dealing with poverty alleviation.
 
Through its controlled company China Mengniu Dairy, COFCO also provided technical assistance to a dairy factory in Chengguan District of Lhasa which went into operation on Friday. With a daily processing capacity of 150 tonnes of milk and an annual output of 50,000 to 100,000 tonnes of dairy products, the factory is expected to generate a production value of 550 million yuan and tax revenue of 50 million yuan annually. It has created 300 jobs and enriched 2,460 dairy cattle breeding households nearby.
 
"Tibet's poverty alleviation is particularly challenging because of its weak economic foundation, adverse natural environment, the lack of skilled workers and high costs. By sharing our experiences in the food industry, we hope to foster new businesses based on local resources for sustainable growth," said Li.
 
By participating in the poverty alleviation work, he said COFCO had shouldered its corporate social responsibilities, as the goal of an SOE is to benefit the public. "We seek no profits here, and we focus more on capacity building and technology transfer rather than charities," he said.
 
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Since the central government instructed central SOEs to provide long-term assistance to support the development of Tibet in 2001, more than 300 managers like Li have traveled to Tibet to help alleviate poverty. So far, central SOEs have implemented more than 1,300 poverty relief projects and arranged a poverty relief fund of more than three billion yuan.
 
Central SOEs' contributions have also put huge efforts in improving local infrastructure facilities, making people's life much easier and optimizing the local business environment.
 
China Telecom, for instance, has invested more than 10 billion yuan since 2011 on the construction of communication networks. Currently, optical cables and 3G network are accessible in all townships, and 90 percent of Tibetan counties can use the 4G network now.
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