Nanning, Aug 29 : A right synthesis of multi-pronged approach including Partnership Assistance Model, selective shift from agro to non-agro sector jobs and fund raising involving community and private players have helped bring in revolutionary changes in socio-economic scene in one-time underdeveloped Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Chinese officials said here in China on Wednesday.
"In our country, poverty is not only decided by income; even as someone has a reasonable income but no house, he may be considered poor. If someone has health issues, similarly his family may be identified as below poverty and thus state would be responsible to help him," Huang Canbin, chief economist with Guangxi Poverty Alleviation and Development office said on Tuesday.
Mr Canbin told a group of visiting Indian journalists that since 2015 - a drastic change has been heralded in Guangxi region in southern China as out of 4.24 mn poors, as high as 3.2 mn of them have been brought up the ladder. Guangxi has 14 municipal cities with Nanning as the capital city of the autonomous region houses 12 ethnic groups, including Zhuang ethnic minority group making about 32 per cent of the total population.
Other ethnic groups include Yao, Miao, Han, Jing, Dong and Mulao.
The Indian journalists - on a week-long trip of key industrial and administrative hubs of China since August 24 - were on Wednesday given a detailed presentation of development works carried out in unprecedented scale. "In recent years, Guangxi has witnessed gratifying economic development-since 2002; the annual GDP growth has been over 10 per cent for 10 years in a row," said Tang Chongguang, Director of News and Culture Division of Guangxi foreign affairs office.
Another official said, "While the fundamental status of agriculture is constantly enhanced; industrialisation process has been accelerated too." The Chief Economist Mr Canbin said: "The fact that land belongs to the state in China has helped undertake the poverty alleviation programme at a massive scale.
"In 2018, GDP in Guangxi was about 300 billion dollars up by 6.8 per cent," he said, adding that in the course of making economic success, Guangxi has also maintained social harmony and stability. Meanwhile, a senior official Qu Tao said in the realm of poverty alleviation, "India has done a better job compared to many others."
Nanning with about 7 million population has emerged as an important industrial and business hub for China also largely blessed with tax incentives. Since 2004, officials say China-ASEAN Expo has been held in Nanning annually with the city also serving as a key link for China-ASEAN Free Trade Area. Answering questions, Mr Canbin and other officials say relocation of poor people - about 7 lakh - has also fetched in dividends to government efforts.
Officials say over six lakh people were taken out of non-productive agro related jobs and put in sectors like poultry farming, fishing and piggery --- which were more viable from marketing and in general economic point of view.
"Another model that has helped policy makers is Partnership Assistance Model under which the nearby developed region Guangdong shared its experience and also provided job avenues to those from this region who wanted to move," Mr Canbin said, adding, "This is a highly successful model in China enforced since 1996.
Importantly, also Guangxi serves as the 'most convenient passage' to the sea and is in fact only region in China that has both land and sea accesses to ASEAN nations.(UNI)