Vice-Premier Wang Yang called for more targeted and effective measures to battle poverty on Dec 7, following an inspection tour to several impoverished areas in East China’s Fujian province.
He attended a symposium on poverty alleviation of eastern China in Ningde, a city in northeast Fujian province.
Inhabited by many ethnic groups such as the She people, Ningde used to be among the 18 contiguous poor areas in China.
However, since the late 1980s, the city has changed fundamentally thanks to a series of poverty alleviation programs implemented by the local government, such as providing better housing for the She people and fishermen who live on their boats.
Hailing the “Ningde mode” as a successful practice of targeted poverty alleviation, the vice-premier called on other impoverished areas to learn from the experience of the city.
The eastern region is a “pioneer” in China’s development, which should play a leading role and accumulate successes in the nationwide campaign against poverty, he said.
He stressed that cooperation of eastern and western regions is key to win the campaign, and called on the eastern region to provide more support to the western region.
The vice-premier urged establishing mechanisms for targeted poverty alleviation, focusing on lifting impoverished people out of poverty, and increasing investment of funds and talent.
A cooperation program of developed counties and impoverished counties must be implemented, and the roles of market mechanism and social support must be fully leveraged to step up poverty alleviation in western China, he added.