City do­nates 60m yuan for poverty re­lief in south­west­ern county

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HONG KONG - By HE SHUSI in Hong Kong hes­husi@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

One of Hong Kong’s largest non-govern­men­tal poverty re­lief or­ga­ni­za­tions on Thurs­day do­nated 60.11 mil­lion yuan ($8.67 mil­lion) to Nan­jiang county in Sichuan prov­ince to help al­le­vi­ate poverty by im­prov­ing its agri­cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment, as well as health­care and care for the el­derly.

The agree­ment was signed in the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Hong Kong Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and of­fi­cials of the city gov­ern­ment of Bazhong, Sichuan, dur­ing the sec­ond Sichuan-Hong KongMa­cao Co­op­er­a­tion Week which started on Wednes­day.

The funds came from var­i­ous com­pa­nies and a cross sec­tion of Hong Kong so­ci­ety. The as­so­ci­a­tion ini­tially aims to raise a to­tal of 100 mil­lion yuan for Nan­jiang, which is un­der Bazhong city lo­cated in north­east­ern Sichuan, bor­der­ing Shaanxi prov­ince.

The money is aimed at lift­ing 19,500 peo­ple from 45 vil­lages in Nan­jiang out of poverty by the end of this year, said Kar­son Choi Ka-tsan, HKPAA pres­i­dent and a Hong Kong mem­ber of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence — the coun­try’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body.

The funds will be used in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing the goat rais­ing in­dus­try, im­prove­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and health­care fa­cil­i­ties, fi­nan­cial sup­port for chil­dren,

de­ploy­ment of Hong Kong med­i­cal per­son­nel to Nan­jiang, and the con­struc­tion of a nurs­ing home for the el­derly.

Nan­jiang is listed among the coun­try’s 679 coun­ties in poverty, and is the first county in Sichuan to re­ceive sup­port from the newly founded HKPAA.

The as­so­ci­a­tion’s poverty re­lief work in Nan­jiang was pro­vided for in a mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion signed with the Bazhong gov­ern­ment in May this year dur­ing the Hong Kong-Sichuan Co­op­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence in Sichuan.

It was in re­sponse to the na­tion’s call to lift more than 300 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty by 2020.

The HKPAA com­prises Hong Kong mem­bers of the CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee, lo­cal deputies to the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal CPPCC mem­bers and en­trepreneurs.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is the city’s first non-govern­men­tal group ded­i­cated to al­le­vi­at­ing poverty on the main­land. It is sup­ported by the Hong Kong SAR Gov­ern­ment and the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the HKSAR.

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Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Peng Qinghua (left, front row), sec­re­tary of the Sichuan Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, watch a red panda while vis­it­ing Ocean Park Hong Kong on Thurs­day.

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