The prime minister of Mauritius on Wednesday praised Chinese wisdom for helping poverty reduction in his country.

“There are no simple solutions to deal with the complex and multifaceted issue of poverty,” said Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth. “Here I am reminded of the old Chinese dictum which says ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.'”

“I must say that this dictum summarizes my own approach to dealing with the problem of poverty in Mauritius — an approach which is focused on empowering families to escape the poverty trap and to become self-reliant,” Jugnauth said in his keynote speech at the Africa-China Poverty Reduction and Development Conference, a Sub-forum of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

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The theme of the two-day conference, which opened on Wednesday in Balaclava, in northwest Mauritius, is “Africa and China: Rising to New Challenges in Poverty Reduction.”

Participants from China and 12 African countries would share best practices, experience, innovations and more effective ways to cooperate in combating poverty.

Mauritius Minister of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment Alain Wong, Deputy Secretary of the Committee of the China Leading Group Office on Poverty Alleviation and Development Xia Gengsheng, Ambassador for FOCAC Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China Zhou Yuxiao, Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius Sun Gongyi and over 100 others attended the opening ceremony.

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In his remarks, Xia expressed the hope that the conference “could serve as a real platform to produce insightful ideas for the wellbeing of Chinese and African people, and help with the synergy between the 10 China-Africa Cooperation Programs and the 2063 Agenda of AU (African Union) to support Africa’s economic development, employment increase, poverty eradication and inclusive growth.”

“We hope that both China and Africa could tap our potential and advantages to bring tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people, especially the grassroots people.”

The conference is jointly sponsored by the China State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development and the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment (MSIEE) of Mauritius, co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China and MSIEE. Enditem

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Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh
Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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