Chinese top political advisor urges more efforts to develop poverty-stricken city

09:43, March 31, 2011      

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China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin on Wednesday called for greater efforts by non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce to promote the development of Bijie, a poverty-stricken city in southwest China.

Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), made the remarks in a written comment to a conference in Beijing on the development of Bijie in Guizhou Province.

Bijie was approved by the State Council, or China's cabinet, in 1988 as a "trial zone" for environmental protection, economic development and poverty alleviation.

Over the past two decades, people from the non-Communist parties have offered enormous support to develop the region, which is home to more than 20 ethnic minority groups.

The parties have contributed to local education programs, trained migrant workers, built local medical institutions, constructed hydroelectric stations and helped tackle environmental issues.

Jia recognized the remarkable progress made in the city during 2010, calling for non-Communist parties and the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce to carry on their efforts in 2011, the first year of China's 12th Five-Year Plan.

Jia stressed that priority should be given to helping Bijie develop in a sound and balanced manner.

At the same meeting, Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the Bijie trial zone has made significant achievements over the past 20 years and now faces great opportunities with its improved infrastructure and policies.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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