Sta. Romana: BRI offers broad prospects for China-Philippines cooperation

Jin Ling, Liu Mengya
0 Comment(s)Print E-mail, 01 03, 2018 Over the past 30 years, China has raised 800 million people above the poverty line. What’s your comment on China’s achievement in poverty reduction, and what kind of experience can other countries possibly learn from China’s successful experience, and how can our two countries, cooperate in the areas of poverty reduction or alleviation?

Romana: Actually, poverty alleviation is one of China’s success stories over the past three decades. And this is the one that has caught the attention of the world, including the international financial institutions. I mean the World Bank has pointed out China as the major contributor in terms of reducing poverty in the world. And now China aims to alleviate absolute poverty in the next, by 2020. So certainly this is an area where a lot of developing countries would like to learn from China. And this is an area where there’s room for bilateral cooperation. The Philippines is certainly very interested in China’s experience in reducing poverty alleviation. Right now, there’s still around 16 or 17 percent of the Philippine population that is suffering from poverty, and we want to reduce that during the period of President Duterte’s administration. But, the key is, you know, whether its 20 percent, 25 percent in the Philippines, down to 16, down to 12 or 10 percent, it’s a major challenge. And, and this is something that we need help not only from the communities, the different sectors in the Philippines, but from learning the experience around the world, including China.

And that is why one of the Philippine cabinet secretaries in charge of poverty alleviation has made several trips to China, has gone on trips to the areas which were considered as models in poverty alleviation. And, trying to figure out what lessons we can learn from the Chinese experience that would be useful in alleviating poverty in the Philippines, because this is one of the key challenges facing the current administration. And not only that, it has faced several administrations over time. And our experience has been, that it has not been easy to reduce poverty, but we manage to do it slowly, and we hope we will be able to absorb the lessons from around the world, including the Chinese experience, and thus be able to dramatically reduce poverty in the Philippines in the foreseeable future. is launching its Belt and Road Initiative website. We will be very much honored if you could say a few words in support of the new website.


Romana: There’s a lot of interest, a lot of curiosity over what is the Belt and Road Initiative, what does it mean, not only for China, but for the world, for the Philippines. And so, a lot of people are asking, a lot of scholars are paying attention, and there’s also a lot of misunderstanding, on what it means. So the key here, is for China to be able to explain its perspective, and also to have a website that will enable anybody, who wants to check the website to find out more about what the projects are, what countries are involved, where the challenges are, where the successes are. So, I wish you well in this endeavor, and I congratulate you for coming up with this website, and I hope you will do your best to be able to provide the necessary information, so that the world will understand what the Belt and Road Initiative is all about.


(Planning: Wang Donghai; Host: Yeerken; Editing: Jin Ling, Liu Mengya; Cameraman: Guo Junkui)


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