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China, Africa strengthen cooperation in poverty reduction

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan attends the opening ceremony of a forum on China-Africa local government cooperation, in Beijing, China on May 8, 2018. China says it is committed to helping African countries train more young talent in poverty relief. Reuters

BEIJING (Xinhua) – China will help African countries train more young talent in poverty relief as part of its effort to strength exchanges under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, a senior official said on Tuesday.

The country will continue to hold training sessions on poverty reduction tailored to African countries, and will innovate in training methods to ensure the effort delivers real benefits, according to Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development.

“China and African countries have accumulated rich experience in self-development and poverty reduction. China is willing to strengthen exchanges with African countries to benefit both parties,” he said.

Mr Liu was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Poverty Reduction and Development Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation 2018 in Beijing on Tuesday attended by government officials, scholars and entrepreneurs from 40 African countries and officials from international organisations.

Mr Liu said China has held 133 poverty reduction seminars and shared its experience with 3,587 poverty reduction practitioners from 133 countries and regions, including 2,122 representatives from 52 countries in Africa.

China also will conduct research with Africa in the sector and help carry out successful projects, he said.

The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013 has contributed a great deal to the poverty reduction exchanges, Mr Liu said.

“African countries are not only the natural extension of the Belt and Road, but also important participants in the initiative,” he said, adding it can inject strong momentum into Africa’s industrialisation, urbanisation and agricultural modernisation.

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