Executive Intelligence Review


China’s Poverty Alleviation Experience and BRI Programs Offer Benefits to Africa

May 10, 2018 (EIRNS)—China offers lessons on ending poverty, according to views expressed by many African delegates to the Third Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation on May 8. The forum was held in Beijing, under the theme, “Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development.”

China’s experience in coordinating urban and rural development, along with agricultural and industrial development, has greatly benefitted African countries, said former Tanzanian Prime Minister Salim Ahmed Salim. We should promote local government cooperation between China and African countries, Nigerian Prime Minister Brigi Rafini stated, according to Xinhua.

In an interview with Xinhua, Liomba Mwangala, Permanent Secretary of Southern Province of Zambia, said, “We expect our Chinese team to go to Zambia any time soon so that we can engage each other.” He said that he is expecting Chinese companies to provide support in infrastructure construction and tourism development.

On cooperative projects, Mandengue Louis Lucien Heurard, Deputy Mayor of Douala, Cameroon, said that the Belt and Road Initiative has brought many infrastructure projects to Africa, which have made people’s lives more convenient and created better conditions to alleviate poverty.