EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: China is to complete all the supporting facilities to the ex situ resettlement projects in the first half of this year and the projects affected by the COVID-19 epidemic will resume operation according to the situation in different areas.
Huang Yan, director of planning and finance office of State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development， disclosed the plan at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Huang said that one-third of the poverty reduction projects in the central and western parts of China have resumed operation and more are on the way.
“The outbreak of COVID-19 has affected the restart of the projects, but different places are implementing the strategy of bull-eyed prevention measures according to their situations to accelerate the implementation of the projects. According to the latest information, 113,000 or one-third of the more than 350,000 planned projects in 22 provincial-level regions in the central and western parts of the country have restarted. More than 60 percent of poverty reduction workshops have resumed operation and the rest are on the way, with accelerated pace,” said Huang.
Huang said the government will provide subsidies to industries and enterprises undertaking poverty reduction projects and increase the support to worst-hit projects to mitigate the losses due to the epidemic.
“We will provide one-off subsidy and discount loans to the flagship poverty reduction enterprises and workshops that can provide job opportunities to poor people. We will also give priority in the arrangements of funds for people relapsing into poverty due to epidemic and for projects that are in urgent need of implementation and projects that can raise the income of the poor population,” added Huang.