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Poverty reduction training takes African officials China's remote west
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10:54, July 01, 2007

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Thirty-one government officials from 16 African countries arrived in remote, underdeveloped northwest China's Gansu Province on Saturday to draw on useful experiences of poverty reduction.

These officials, from countries such as Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya, will in the following week visit the countryside of the province to see successful poverty-reduction programs and practices there, including returning cultivated land to forests and building water cellars.

Gansu is one of the poorest provinces in China, but it has madelots of achievements in poverty alleviation - there were more than12 million people who had no adequate food and clothing, but now, there are less than 3.2 million low-income people.

"I should thank the Chinese government for building such a communication platform which helps me understand China better. China's ideas and policies of poverty reduction are as same as Egypt's but the concrete ways and means are not the same. A lot ofexperiences worth us learning," said Mohamed Hassan Mohamed Rashwan, from Egypt's Ministry of Community Development.

These African officials came here from Beijing, where they havereceived training on poverty reduction for a week as part of a 15-day training course on poverty reduction.

At the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last November, Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged to strengthen China-Africa cooperation through eight measures including training 15,000 personnel in all fields in the upcoming three years.

The training course is part of that commitment and also the second of its kind this year. China held four training courses last year for developing countries in Africa and south Asia.

"We will hold more such courses and exchange experiences with other developing countries," said Wu Zhong, from the China International Poverty Alleviation Center, which organizes the training courses.

The Chinese government decided to embark on a poverty eradication campaign in a large, planned, organized manner in 1986. The number of Chinese in abject poverty has dropped from 250million in 1978 to 26.1 million in 2004.

Source: Xinhua

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