China to further support developing countries with hundreds of projects

China will launch hundreds of projects to support developing countries reducepoverty over the following five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Saturday at a South-South cooperation roundtable in New York.

The “Six 100s” initiative includes 100 projects to reduce poverty, 100 agricultural cooperation projects, 100 projects to promote trade, 100 projects for environment protection and climate change, 100 projects for hospitals and clinics, as well as 100 projects related to schools and vocational training centers.

China will provide 120,000 quotas and 150,000 scholarships for citizens from developing countries to receive training and education in China, as well as help train500,000 professional technicians, Xi 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 Organization.

Xi made four proposals for post-2015 development: building up development capacities, improving the international development environment, updating development partnerships and strengthening development coordination mechanisms.

A press statement by the co-chairs of the High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation called for countries to do more to share the experiences gained during development. The statement also called for more cooperation when it comes to policy, flagship projects and global management.

The representatives attending the round table include South African President Jacob Zuma, Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Zambian President Edgar Lungu, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Ecuador President Rafael Correa, NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and representatives from international organizations including the UN Development Program, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific also attended the event. (People’s Daily)

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