Xi announces anti-poverty initiative

United Nations, Sep 27 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a major initiative to help developing countries reduce poverty.

The “Six 100s” initiative, declared at a south-south cooperation roundtable Xi hosted, covers poverty reduction, agriculture, trade, environment, health and education, Xinhua news agency reported.

China, in the next five years, will make available 100 poverty reduction programmes, 100 agricultural cooperation projects, 100 trade promotion programmes, 100 environment protection and climate change programmes, 100 hospitals and clinics, as well as 100 schools and vocational training centres to the developing countries, Xi said on Saturday.

Also during the period, Beijing will provide 120,000 opportunities and 150,000 scholarships for citizens of developing countries to receive training and education in China, and help nurture 500,000 professional technicians for the developing world, he added.

China will also set up an academy of south-south cooperation and development, and provide $2 million of aid in cash for the World Health Organisation.

Xi is in New York at the UN headquarters after concluding his first state visit to the US.

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