New chapter opens in Sino-Africa ties
CHINA: Chinese trade officials, representatives from international
organizations and African diplomats have recently gathered at a seminar
here to share China’s experiences on poverty reduction.
Huang Chengwei, vice president of the International Poverty Reduction
Center in China (IPRCC), voiced China’s willingness to share its
experience on poverty reduction with Africa at the seminar last week.
The seminar was co-organized by the IPRCC and British Institute of
African oil and mine production has declined by more than 50 percent
since last year and the prices of many important African exports such as
cocoa, cotton and woods have slumped between 25 percent to 30 percent.
The World Bank forecast that foreign investment to developing
countries would exceed 165 million U.S. dollars in 2009 compared with
the 929 million U.S. dollars invested in 2007. After having cut the
poverty-striken population by 17 million in seven years since 2000,
China has “promoted active South-South cooperation in all fields,
especially China-Africa cooperation which helps poverty reduction in
Africa,” Huang said.
In the 1980s, China changed its poverty reduction policy from simple
relief through goods and cash, the so-called “blood transfusion” policy,
to development-oriented relief.
The development-oriented poverty relief focuses on enhancing skills
and capacities of the poor so they can find work, said Zhou Xiaojing,
head of the Asia-Africa Development Research Institute of the State
Council, the country’s cabinet.
China is trying to introduce the method of “teaching a man how to
fish” into the cooperation with Africa, Zhou said.
She pointed out that China expands its assistance and investments
through increased employment for Africans, improving their earnings and
BEIJING, Wednesday, Xinhua