China's vice premier urges fresh efforts to alleviate poverty

China's vice premier Wang Yang called for fresh efforts to alleviate poverty, stressing the importance of database and new funding mechanism in helping the poor.

Wang made the remarks during an inspection tour on Friday and Saturday in central province of Henan.

The database for poverty-stricken people should be better used to make personalized poverty alleviation program for different families so as to boost the effectiveness of the efforts, Wang said.

He also urged the introduction of new mechanisms for raising poverty-cutting funds, including the application of more bank loans and private funding.

The vice premier also highlighted the role of new technologies, new business models, and leading companies in poverty alleviation, including E-commerce, tourism and solar panel industry.

China registered 128,000 impoverished villages and 92 million people living in poverty, according to data released by the State Council leading group office of poverty alleviation and development in December of 2014.

Source: Xinhua