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International Symposium on "Inclusive Development and Rural-Urban Common Wealth - Based on China's Practice" held in Beijing


2024-01-30 12:00

On January 12, an international symposium on "Inclusive Development and Urban-Rural Common Wealth - Based on China's Practice", organized by the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), was held in Beijing. Participants reviewed China's agricultural and rural modernization practices since the reform and opening up, especially since the 18th CPC National Congress, sorted out the evolution and development of China's policies to benefit farmers, observed the effectiveness of China's rural residents in improving their income level and quality of life in multiple dimensions, and exchanged the international experience of rural construction and rural development, with the aim of disseminating China's experience in rural and agricultural development, and responding to the challenges of global development.

Wang Yiming, vice president of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), said that since the reform and opening up, China's agricultural and rural landscape has undergone a sea change. Grain production has increased dramatically, solving the food problem that has long plagued the Chinese people; the income of farmers has jumped to a new level of 20,000 yuan, and the Engel coefficient of the family has dropped significantly, especially after winning the largest battle against poverty in human history, and realizing the poverty reduction target of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule; a new pace of urban-rural integration and development has been taken, and the infrastructure of the rural areas has improved remarkably, and education and medical care and other social undertakings have accelerated development, The integration of urban and rural development has taken new strides, with significant improvements in rural infrastructure, accelerated development of education, medical care and other social services, and social security for farmers going from strength to strength and being gradually brought into line with that of cities.

Du Ying, deputy director of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges and former deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, said that China's basic national conditions of having many people and little land, and a large country with a small farming population, determine that China's agriculture and rural areas are of special significance in the overall situation of the country's development, and that doing a good job of issues relating to agriculture,rural areas and farmers is the most important thing to do. He reviewed the evolution and development of China's agricultural policies in terms of adhering to the priority development of agriculture and rural areas, improving the institutional mechanism for the integrated development of urban and rural areas, establishing a national strategy for food security, advancing the structural reform of the agricultural supply side, promoting the high-quality development of agriculture, resolutely winning the battle against poverty and comprehensively implementing the strategy for the revitalization of the countryside.

Foreign guests at the conference highly valued the achievements made in China's agricultural and rural development, farmers' increased income and improved quality of life, and poverty alleviation since China's reform and opening up, especially since the 18th Party Congress, which they regarded as marvelous achievements and a miracle in the history of global poverty reduction, and looked forward to strengthening the exchange of experience and developing more cooperation with China.

Ghana's Ambassador to China Winfred Nii Okai Hammond said that China has taken into account rural development in the process of rapid urbanization and the movement of a large number of people from rural to urban areas, and that the reform and opening-up, narrowing the income gap between urban and rural areas, and other policies adopted by China can provide reference and experience to other developing countries. A new session of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held this year, and it is hoped that the platform will introduce China's experience to more countries in Africa, expanding China-Africa in-depth cooperation in the areas of food security, poverty alleviation, and agricultural response to climate change.

"China has lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty in just over 40 years, which is an extraordinary achievement." Felipe Martiningui, head of the agricultural sector at the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing, said China and Brazil have a large potential for cooperation in areas such as strengthening social inclusion and promoting sustainable development.In April 2023, China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, together with Brazil's Ministry of Social Development and Assistance, Ministry of Family and Fight against Hunger and Ministry of Rural Development and Family Agriculture, signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at deepen cooperation in the field of social and rural development and jointly fight hunger and poverty.

At present, China has been sharing its development experience through cooperation with international organizations under the frameworks of the "One Belt, One Road" project, South-South cooperation and global development initiatives, with a view to building a closer community of human destiny.

Dong Le, Partnerships and Innovation Officer of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representative Office, said that the FAO has cooperated with China to carry out a number of cooperation programs, such as the "Global Youth Creative Workshop," "Digital Thousand Villages Action Plan," "One Country, One Product Action Plan," and so on. "China is a major participant in South-South cooperation programs. China is a major participant, supporter and facilitator of South-South cooperation programs. China has sent more than 1,000 experts and technicians to 37 countries on the ground over a period of nearly 20 years, and the FAO-China Trust Fund, established in 2009, finances the exchange of knowledge and experience between China and countries in the global South.

Mr. Zhang Weidong, Assistant Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, introduced the work of UNDP in China. He said that China had always been an important partner in global development and South-South cooperation, from the provision of technical assistance, the realization of the Millennium Development Goals to the current acceleration of the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Translated by Mengjiao Zhou




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