The northern mountainous areas of south China's
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will be benefited by a
multi-purpose poverty relief program with financial support by the
World Bank and the British Government.
The poverty relief program, with a budget of 354.4 million
yuan(about US$43.7 million), including US$30 million in mixed loans
provided by WB and the British Government, is being executed in
Guangxi's six poor counties inhabited by residents of ethnic groups
such as Dong, Yao and Mulam, information from the regional
development and reform commission said.
Tasks ranging from infrastructure construction, comprehensive
agricultural development, construction of basic education, medical
and health care causes, institutional construction, to development
of human resources will be finished within five years.
Due to a lack of infrastructure such as highways and backward
education, most of the people in Longsheng, Sanjiang, Rongshui,
Rong'an, Luocheng, Huanjiang counties have been living in poverty
for quite a long time.
The implementation of the program will be of positive
significance to improving conditions for production and life of
ethnic minority people in the northern party of Guangxi, and to
eradicating poverty and becoming prosperous there, said an official
from the regional development and reform commission.
(Xinhua News Agency February 23, 2006)