Imran calls China ‘role model’ for developing countries in poverty alleviation

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday praised China for being a "role model" for developing countries in poverty alleviation.

In a video message on the 20th anniversary of Juncao Assistance and Sustainable Development Cooperation, the premier said: "China is a role model for developing countries in poverty alleviation. China's remarkable growth has brought 800 million people out of poverty over the past four decades."

He said the world at large, but particularly the global South, was grappling with "multiple challenges" including climate change, poverty and food insecurity.

The prime minister added that extreme poverty had been steadily declining over the past two decades due to relentless efforts.

"However, [the] Covid-19 pandemic triggered an economic meltdown which has slowed down global progress. Extreme poverty rose in 2020 for the first time in over 20 years," he said.

Thus, the achievement of food security and improved nutrition has become an even "greater challenge" for developing countries, he said.

"Sustainable ways of achieving economic recovery, growth and development are critical during the pandemic." He commended China for sharing the Juncao technology with over 100 countries, saying it had already "benefited thousands of people across the continents over the past 20 years".