On September 18, the International Symposium on Public Welfare “A Great Power’s Commitment on Poverty Alleviation, Determine the Victory in 2020” was held at the 8th China Charity Fair. Experts, scholars and innovators engaging in poverty alleviation on the firing line from all walks of life focus on the “Chinese Model of Poverty Reduction Alleviation”, the “Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development”, the “Poverty Alleviation and Rural Revitalization”. They talk about the innovative theory of poverty alleviation, decipher the typical mechanism of poverty alleviation, and discuss the Chinese experience, the Chinese plan and the Chinese wisdom of poverty reduction and poverty alleviation,
The symposium was organized by the Organizing Committee of the China Charity Fair, undertaken by China Charity Alliance, China Charity Federation and Shenzhen Charity Alliance. The main leaders present at the symposium were Li Jiheng, Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, Wang Weizhong, Vice Secretary of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee and Secretary of Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee; Wang Aiwen, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs; Xie Jingrong, Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce; Li Hongjun, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province; Chen Rugui, Vice Secretary of Shenzhen Municipal Party Committee and Mayor; Hong Tianyun, Vice Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development; Zhuang Shuxin, Vice Secretary of State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council; Sun Shuopeng, the Vice President of Red Cross Society of China and Liu Fuqing and so on. The opening of the symposium was presided over by Tian Fu, Member of Standing Committee of Shenzhen Municipal Committee.
Li Jiheng, Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, pointed out in his speech that since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a large number of charitable activities have been carried out in the fields of life assistance, education poverty alleviation, medical poverty alleviation, industrial poverty alleviation and relocation poverty alleviation by charity forces represented by charitable organizations, caring enterprises and caring people, which have become an important part of China's poverty alleviation pattern. This year, in the face of the sudden COVID-19 epidemic, the vast number of charitable organizations, caring enterprises, caring people took the initiative to participate in the magnificent fight against the disease, making a positive contribution. General Secretary Xi Jinping paid tribute to the brave burden of state-owned enterprises and the active efforts of various private enterprises and charities, as well as the selfless dedication of millions of volunteers and ordinary people on the National Recognition Conference on COVID-19 epidemic. Li Jiheng stressed that the fight against poverty has entered the countdown sprint stage, we should always focus on the center, service the overall situation, to give full play to the charity mechanism with advantages of flexiblilty, close to the grass-roots level, strong pertinence. We will make greater contribution to the decisive victory against poverty, the establishment of a well-off society in an all-round way, and the start of a new journey to fully build a modern socialist country. We should adhere to the guidance of Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era, adhere to the people-centered development thought, further improve the charity system, vigorously develop "Internet+Charity", improve the charity emergency mechanism of emergencies, and strive to "make a big charity cake" and "divide the charity cake in a good way", so as to better play the role of the third distribution of charity. We will vigorously promote China's excellent traditional culture, give full play to major activities such as the Chinese Charity Award, China Charity Day and China Charity Fair, play an important role in the role of festivals and special platforms, further improve the policy of encouragement and support for charity, vigorously develop charity at the grass-roots level, and strive to bring together powerful charitable forces.
Xie Jingrong, Vice-chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, pointed out that private enterprises have made great contributions to the fight against poverty, especially the participation of the "Ten Thousand Enterprises Helping Ten Thousand Villages" by private enterprises. As of June of this year, there are 109,500 private enterprises that have participated in the standing book management of "Ten Thousand Enterprises Helping Ten Thousand Villages" targeted poverty alleviation, 121,700 villages of which have obtained targeted poverty alleviation. Among them, 68,900 villages are provided with the establishment of poverty alleviation archives and cards in the system, with RMB 91.592 billion of investment in industries, more than RMB 15.2 billion of investment in public welfare, 799,000 people being employed and 1.16 million people being trained in skills. The participation of private enterprises in the "Ten Thousand Enterprises Helping Ten Thousand Villages" is not only to help the poor villages, the poor households, the poor people, but also to enrich the ways to help them out of poverty, innovate the organization form of poverty alleviation, deepen the cooperation mechanism of poverty alleviation, and promote the integration of social groups.
Hong Tianyun, Deputy Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, points out that poverty alleviation have made decisive strategic achievements. The number of rural poverty-stricken people in China dropped from 98.99 million at the end of 2012 to 5.51 million at the end of 2019, with the incidence of poverty falling from 10.2% to 0.6%. The last sprint in the fight against poverty will be to overcome the epidemic and the effects of the disaster, to focus on the outstanding problems and weak links, and try our best at one fling. The completion of this historical task cannot be separated from the sustained participation of social forces. We shall be committed to highlighting the advantages and expanding the platform; to uniting the mind and working together to hold out until the last; to focusing on the long-term perspective and seeking common prosperity.
Zhuang Shuxin, Deputy Secretary General of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, pointed out that the central enterprises has invested more than RMB 13 billion by giving full play to their resource advantages, continuously increasing efforts to alleviate poverty, spare no pains to help combat poverty. At present, the central government is designated to assist 246 poverty-stricken counties at the national level, and provide pairing-assistance to 21 counties in Tibet and 16 counties in the Tibetan-inhabited areas of Qinghai. In the poverty alleviation, special recruitment activities for poor migrant workers in poverty-stricken counties has been organized; special action for poverty alleviation has carried out for consumption, great efforts has been made to purchase and sell agricultural products. Contributions will be made to achieve the goal of building a well-off society in an all-round way and fighting poverty in a decisive way.
Sun Shuopeng, Vice Chairman of the Red Cross Society of China, highlighted the contribution of the Red Cross system in helping fight poverty. At the moment, the Red Cross Society of China implements the "Fraternity Home" project in 28 provinces and more than 3,000 poverty-stricken villages, driving the circulation of funds to help the poor people to achieve poverty relief. 2.71 million poor people have got benefits from the health poverty alleviation projects. The Red Cross Society of China has also actively shared China's experience in poverty reduction, dispatched foreign medical teams and provided emergency and non-emergency humanitarian assistance to the Red Cross Society of China at abroad.
Li Hongjun, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province, pointed out that philanthropy in Guangdong has played an important role in helping fight poverty. So far, Guangdong has 1,283 charitable organizations, including 148 public charitable organizations and 14.19 million registered volunteers. All the indicators and data are among the highest in the country. More than 2.5 million people have been shook off poverty in the province, 48 poor villages have been lifted out of poverty, and the production and living conditions in the poor areas have been significantly improved. Through the aid-the-poor cooperation between the eastern and western area, we have achieved remarkable results, helping 3.492 million people in four provinces (districts) to lift themselves out of poverty. In the process of winning the battle against poverty, Guangdong Province has carefully built a number of high-quality charity projects, in particular, "Guangdong Day of Poverty Relief and Alleviation" has been held for 11 years, with a total of RMB 33.136 billion in pledges and more than 4 million people in poverty-stricken areas being provided with the establishment of archived and cards and poverty alleviation.
Chen Rugui, Deputy Secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee and Mayor of Shenzhen City, said that Shenzhen always adheres to the gratitude for reform and opening-up and makes retribution to the nation's people, to take poverty alleviation as a first priority for charity. In recent years, Shenzhen has carried out aid-the-poor cooperation among nine provinces and 54 counties and urban areas, with a total of RMB 42 billion in financial funds, more than RMB 76 billion in social assistance funds, helping 1.94 million people shake off poverty in the counterpart area. Over the past three years, Shenzhen has raised more than RMB 20 billion in social charity funds and rescued nearly millions and millions people from all kinds of difficult groups. In the ranking of China's urban charity index, Shenzhen's comprehensive index ranks among the highest in the country. Taking itself as vanguard demonstration, Shenzhen will firmly complete the counterpart alleviation, and make greater contributions to the final victory over poverty and building a well-off society in an all-round way.
The main guests attending this symposium were Gong Puguang, Vice Chairman of the Social Construction Committee of the National People's Congress, Chairman of the China Charity Federation, Former Minister of the Ministry of Civil Affairs; Zheng Yonggnian, Chancellor Professor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), Dean of Advanced Institute of Global and Contemporary China Studies; Ma Li, Chairman of China Internet Development Foundation, Former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the People's Daily; Zheng Gongcheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Professor of Renmin University of China, Chairman of China Association of Social Security; Zheng Wenkai, Chairman of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, Former Vice Director of State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development; Lu Dezhi, Vice Chairman of China Charity Alliance, Chairman of Shenzhen Charity Alliance, Chairman of Huamin Charity Foundation; Dang Yanbao, Chairman of Ningxia Baofeng Group Co., Ltd., Chairman of Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation; Ren Yaodong, Vice President of Evergrande Group, Director of Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development; Sun Lijun, Partner of Alibaba Group, Chairman of Alibaba Public Welfare Foundation; Ma Weihua, Chairman of the Board of Directors of China Global Philanthropy Institute, Member of the United Nations Steering Committee on the Influence of Sustainable Development; Tang Min, Counselor of the State Council, Vice Chairman of Youcheng China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, etc.