Guangzhou mayor visits Dabu for poverty alleviation program

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2013-08-08

A delegation from the city of Guangzhou, Guangdong province led by Chen Jianhua, its mayor, visited Dabu near the city of Meizhou, for the purpose of finding ways to alleviate poverty and to take part in a conference, on Aug 2, according to Dabu authorities.

Zhu Handong, the head of Dabu county, gave a summary of the poverty alleviation work, noting that the Guangzhou and its Baiyun district governments have put at least 330 million yuan ($53.9 million) into poverty-alleviation projects over a three–year period. All-in-all, 14,515 people have been pulled out of poverty, and the per capita income has increased to 5,600 yuan, while the income of the village reached more than 60,000 yuan, in 2002.

Zhu Zejun, the Meizhou Party secretary, said the Guangzhou government has helped Meizhou people escape poverty and has won the praise of locals. Chen responded by saying that, in the next round of poverty alleviation, Guangzhou will do its best to help counties around Meizhou, such as Fengshun, Wuhua and Dabu, in various ways, including urban planning, green industries, transport, and tourism, and added that cadres loaned to the villages should always be on duty to better serve the local people.

Edited by Zhao Qian and Roger Bradshaw