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Zhejiang Province is solidly promoting partner assistance by alleviating poverty

In early summer, the white tea seedlings are dominating the mountain terraces in the far-stretching Qingping Village in Shazhou Township, Qingchuan County, Sichuan Province.  From October last year to March this year, 4.5 million high-quality white tea seedlings from Huangdu Village in Anji County were transported to 18 villages in Qingchuan and planted on time. The local villagers said that these white tea seedlings were “hope seedlings” sent by “relatives in Zhejiang.”

The transportation of white tea seedlings from more than 2,000 kilometers away is a vivid interpretation of the partner assistance and sharing and win-win development between Zhejiang and Sichuan. Carrying out poverty alleviation cooperation and partner assistance between the East and the West is a major strategic deployment made by the CPC Central Committee and a key move to win the hard battle against poverty through targeted measures. In recent years, Zhejiang Province has adhered to the goal of eradicating poverty by 2020 set by the Central Government and has done a good job in poverty alleviation cooperation and partner assistance.

The reporter learned from Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission that in 2018, Zhejiang was newly partnered with three counties, Nanbu Country Qingchuan County and Guang’an District, to join hands to strive for a well-off society, and as a result, there were altogether with 80 counties in 15 cities in Sichuan partnered with Zhejiang. In 2018, the amount of financial assistance funds used by Zhejiang Province for poverty alleviation cooperation between the eastern and western parts of China was 2.831 billion yuan, six times that of 2017, helping a total of 72 partner countries to go hand in hand to strive for a well-of society, and investing an average of 39.33 million yuan in each county. And the financial assistance funds offered by Zhejiang to the 25 severely poverty-stricken areas were 1.435 billion yuan, accounting for 51% of this province’s total funds, with an averaged of 57.4 million yuan to each country,  31% higher than the average funds.

It is better to teach people to fish than to give people fish. In the process of partner assistance, Zhejiang Province pays more attention to the establishment of a long-term help mechanism and enhances its own hematopoietic capacity in poverty-stricken areas.

According to local cadres, once the project of Anji’s donation of the Qingchuan white tea seedling is put into production, an estimated 512 households in 18 local villages will manage to increase their annual income by more than 4,300 yuan. The fast-moving Shazhou Township has a longer-term plan, preparing to build a 10,000-acre tea garden, developing rural tourism, and setting up agritainment. “We have sent two leaders to Zhejiang University to learn catering management and business training. After returning, we will lead everyone to start up a business." Local township cadres introduced.

Developing the industry is the fundamental way to increase income and get rich. Our province gives full play to the strong advantages of the private economy and conducts industrial cooperation with the targeted areas of partner assistance. In 2018, 1,731 private enterprises in Zhejiang participated in the “10000 Enterprises Helping 10000 Villages” operation, and helped 1,791 poverty-stricken villages involving 207,000 people benefiting from poverty by taking measures related to industries, employment, public welfare, and skills. Haiyan County of Zhejiang Province and Pingshan County of Sichuan Province will jointly establish the “Haiping Textile Industry Cooperation Demonstration Park”. It is planned to build the demonstration park into the largest featured textile industrial park in Southwest China through five years of efforts, with a total investment of 10 billion yuan, and 18,000 people, including more than 2,000 poor people.

Poverty alleviation must also depend on the provision of wisdom and ambition. This province actively arranged for the party and government cadres, professional talents, and wealthy leaders to get education and training in Zhejiang and gave publicity to the experience of Zhejiang, and 66,000 persons of Party and government cadres and technical personnel were trained throughout the year. At the same time, this province also set up a vocational training class for secondary vocational schools for the students in the targeted areas, helped a total of 1,440 middle-class students from the targeted areas to study in Zhejiang in the whole year.

In addition, by strengthening the two-way job exchanges between Party and government cadres and professional and technical personnel, the concept and experience of Zhejiang’s “Maximum One Visit Service Procedure” Reform and rural revitalization have also been replicated and promoted to targeted areas, and 2087 outstanding cadres and technical personnel have been selected throughout the year, thus achieving the goal of sending the cadres and counties to every country, and accepting more than 2,623 cadres and professional and technical personnel from the counterparts to work and study in Zhejiang.


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