China, World Bank pledge $50m for poor

Updated: 2015-07-17 05:45


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China, World Bank pledge $50m for poor

Jin Liqun (left), secretary-general of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's Multilateral Interim Secretariat and China's nominee for president of the bank, holds talks with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Thursday. Wu Zhiyi / China Daily

 China and the World Bank signed an agreement on Thursday to set up a $50 million fund to help reduce poverty.

The initiative comes on top of their joint efforts to combat the downward pressure on the world economy and advance China's health reforms.

The trust fund, which is expected to start operating later this year, was approved during a visit to Beijing by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. It will finance investment projects, knowledge development and human-resources cooperation at the global and regional levels, the bank said.

Premier Li Keqiang, who met with Kim after the signing ceremony, said China is willing to strengthen its partnership with the World Bank.

The government is paying great attention to suggestions on China's health reforms arising from joint research by the bank and the World Health Organization, he said.

Li told Kim that the Chinese economy has great resilience, potential and room for maneuver. He was speaking a day after the country posted a better-than-expected GDP growth figure of 7 percent for the second quarter.

Li said the government is capable of handling various risks in the field of economic development and maintaining a healthy level of growth.

"Over the years, China and the World Bank have cooperated closely,' he added.

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said the establishment of the trust fund signals that "our partnership with existing multilateral development banks is growing, even as we support new ones".

"We will continue to partner with the World Bank in fighting poverty and promoting development," Lou added.

Kim began a three-day visit to China on Wednesday. He and Li discussed the global economy, development finance and health reforms.

Kim said China is a strong partner of the World Bank Group. "I look forward to a continued strong, cooperative and productive relationship," he added.

Kim met with leaders of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, including Secretary-General Jin Liqun, to discuss closer collaboration between the institutions.

Also on Thursday, Li met with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Beijing, and the leaders witnessed the signing of agreements on economic, trade and cultural exchanges.

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