News ID: 234081
Published: 0708 GMT November 11, 2018

PM: Pakistan will learn from China’s model for alleviating poverty

PM: Pakistan will learn from China’s model for alleviating poverty
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that Pakistan will learn from China's model for the poverty alleviation in the country, media reported.

Addressing a ceremony to inaugurate a shelter home in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, the prime minister said China has lifted over 700 million people out of poverty during last three decades which is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the world and "Pakistan will learn from it".

Khan, who had an official visit to China earlier this month, said the government has already started talks with the Chinese side to take their input and help to devise a comprehensive strategy for the poverty reduction in Pakistan, Xinhua reported.

"My government would soon introduce a poverty alleviation package for the first time in the country's history to pull the poor people out of the poverty," said Khan, adding that a series of coordinated efforts would be made for the purpose.

Khan said the country will have to take steps and initiatives consistently for achieving goals.

According to Pakistan's Economic Survey 2018, over 24 percent of the country's total population of over 207 million is living below the poverty line. Poverty, hunger and unemployment afflict a big section of the Pakistani population, the report said.

Khan also announced to establish shelter homes for the homeless people across the country who have been deprived of the basic needs of shelter, food and healthcare.

Khan is looking to steer the country out of a possible debt crisis and has approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

China has reportedly agreed to give $6 billion in aid to cash-strapped Pakistan to minimize its dependence on the IMF bailout, after Mr Khan met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing earlier this month.



Resource: Xinhua
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