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Guo Wenqing Inspects Fixed-Point Poverty Alleviation at Yanhe and Dejiang Counties in Guizhou

On October 17 and 18, on the occasion of the 5th Chinese Poverty Relief Day and 26th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Mr. Guo Wenqing, China Minmetals’ President and Party Group Deputy Secretary and MCC Chairman investigated, guided and supervised the fixed-point poverty alleviation at Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County and Dejiang County in Guizhou Province and visited China Minmetals’ officials assuming temporary posts in the two counties on behalf of China Minmetals’ Party leading group.

Guo has given high priority to the poverty alleviation of China Minmetals at targeted areas and made instructions many times, requiring that China Minmetals do a good job in the poverty alleviation. Before this investigation and supervision of poverty alleviation, Guo Wenqing specially organized relevant units to hold a meeting to study the poverty alleviation China Minmetals and personally plan the schedule.

Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County and Dejiang County are both located in the northeast of Guizhou Province and northwest of Tongren City. Specifically, Yanhe Tujia Autonomous County has an area of 2,468.8 square kilometers and a total population of 680,000, of which there are 416,000 Tujia people accounting for 61.2% of the total. It is one of the four Tujia Autonomous Counties in the country, the only Tujia Autonomous County in Guizhou Province, a key county of poverty alleviation and development in the new stage of the country, and also an extremely poor county in Guizhou Province. Up to now, the county’s needy population is 73,305, with a poverty incidence of 11.92%. Dejiang County has an area of 2,072 square kilometers and a total population of 560,000 belonging to 18 nationalities including Tujia, Han, and Miao. By the end of 2017, the county had a poverty population of 50,591, with a poverty incidence of 10.89%. How are poverty alleviation projects implemented by China Minmetals? What are the difficulties and demands for villagers to get rid of poverty? How shall we make use of the characteristics of China Minmetals to better help targeted poverty-stricken counties to speed up poverty elimination? Guo was very concerned about these problems.

During the investigation, Guo visited Yanhe County and Dejiang County one after another, focusing on the lighting project of Yutang Village in the Shazi Subdistrict, Yanhe County, aided and built by China Minmetals. He conducted a fact-finding investigation of the overall situation of poverty alleviation in Yanhe and Dejiang counties. He also inspected the project of settlements for poor migrants in Nanmuyuan in Dejiang County undertaken by China Metallurgical Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd. After listening to the reports of main leaders of Yanhe and Dejiang counties on the poverty alleviation, Guo said that winning the battle against poverty and solving the poverty problem as a whole in the history of the Chinese nation are a solemn commitment made by the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core to domestic and foreign countries, taking on great political and far-reaching historical significance. As a central enterprise, China Minmetals will continue to study and implement Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. Under the guidance of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech of taking targeted measures to help people lift themselves out of poverty, China Minmetals has been committed to helping people increase confidence in their ability to lift themselves out of poverty and see that they can access the education they need to do so. It will help its corresponding counties to win the battle against poverty as an important task to fulfilling its political, economic, and social responsibilities. Therefore, it is important to focus on targeted poverty alleviation, increase investment in the poverty alleviation of education and industry, create more jobs for outstanding poor college students, and double efforts to cope with the problem of long-term development in poor areas.

On the 17, Guo Wenqing, after nearly four hours of ride along the bumpy road, conducted on-the-spot investigation and inspection of the cultural square and lighting and landscaping projects aided and built by China Minmetals in Yutang Village in the Shazi Subdistrict, Yanhe County. Having seen the brand-new cultural square and Party member activity center, Guo Wenqing stressed that these places are the activity bases of community-level Party organizations, and the village Party branch and village committee need to give full play to the role of the activity center in the process of poverty alleviation and rural revitalization in Yutang Village. After the village cadres introduced the development of Yutang Village’s renovation, especially when they said that the villagers are grateful for China Minmetals’ support, Guo was very happy and affirmed the implementation of the poverty alleviation projects.

“How many people in your family, how many rooms, how many acres? How about the income of your family? Is there any urgent problem to be solved?” Walking into the needy family of Yang Liue, a 70-year-old villager of the Tujia nationality, Guo held her hands and had a cordial conversation with her. After inquiring about her family and living conditions, he stressed to main cadres at the county and village levels that efforts must be made to help the needy to carry out well-targeted poverty alleviation in industry, conduct the top-level design for poverty alleviation, and strengthen the “blood-generating” poverty alleviation. He also emphasized that we need to achieve long-term poverty alleviation by developing the industry and solve the problem of returning to poverty after poverty alleviation. We need to create a poverty alleviation program that combines enterprise investment with poverty-alleviation industry, expand the scale of agricultural products base, and explore the industrial model where local villagers purchase shares and take part in the management and get dividends from enterprises. By doing so, we can lift villagers out of poverty to get rich for a long time through industrial growth. China Minmetals will give full play to its professional advantages, further strengthen the collaboration with the two counties, find suitable poverty alleviation projects, promote the industry-based poverty alleviation through project cooperation, and drive local economic development.

When they left Yanhe County, the night had fallen. Mr. Guo also held discusses with his counterparts of Tongren City and Yanhe County on the specific industrial poverty-alleviation plan on the bus.

On the early morning of the 18, Guo inspected the settlement project for poor migrants in Nanmuyuan, Dejiang County, undertaken by China Metallurgical Construction Engineering Group Co., Ltd. At the project site, Guo was very satisfied  and expressed appreciation for Dejiang County’s move in poverty alleviation, after listening to the introduction of Shang Youjiang, Party Secretary of Dejiang County, and head of the project, that the project team has proactively practiced the enterprising spirit of “one day without delay and one day without slackness” and overcame the complicated geological challenges, and that the team had completed the project in 278 days that normally takes two years to be done. He pointed out that the relocation project is one for the public and must be done well to reflect the responsibility and capabilities of the enterprise. The top-level design of poverty alleviation via relocation is correct, which demonstrates the philosophy of poverty alleviation. He stressed that we need to make breakthroughs in poverty alleviation projects. Any poverty alleviation projects that China Minmetals and MCC can do and are associated with the enterprises need to be advanced through cooperation. We need to find cooperation projects in agricultural bases, mineral resources, real estate development, distinctive towns, beautiful countryside, transportation projects, infrastructure construction, and cultural tourism by strengthening communication and exchanges.

During the entire investigation period, Guo talked all the way, focusing on the industry-based poverty alleviation and cooperative projects for poverty alleviation and holding in-depth communications with cadres at the city, county, township, and village levels. He pointed out that China Minmetals and MCC, guided by General Secretary Xi Jinping's important speech of taking targeted measures to help people lift themselves out of poverty and in accordance with the spirit of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council tackling poverty alleviation, took the initiative to fulfill the poverty alleviation responsibility of state-owned enterprises to help six poverty-stricken counties and undertake the work of assisting Xinjiang, Tibet, and Qinghai. The entire corporation has undertaken the poverty alleviation task of 37 units and dispatched 61 cadres in charge of poverty alleviation. In recent years, the Party Leadership Group of China Minmetals has attached great importance to poverty alleviation and assistance. In 2018, the budget for poverty alleviation funds has increased substantially, with the whole corporation spending more than 50 million yuan in aid for poverty alleviation and assistance. Specifically, the direct aid funds for Dejiang and Yanhe counties increased by more than three times. The two county governments, especially the dispatched cadres, must ensure that poverty alleviation projects are promoted and implemented well, and the funds are used in a targeted way.

Guo required that the poverty alleviation office and temporary cadres of China Minmetals must focus on the use of poverty relief funds, avoid even allocation, make good use of the funds of China Minmetals, and reflect the characteristics and efforts of the enterprise. In the direction of helping the poor, China Minmetals must make more efforts to motivate and educate the needy people, the poverty alleviation office and relevant departments must make unified plans, put in place these plans, give full support to poor college students in school and employment, and employ outstanding students to work in China Minmetals. We must intensify efforts to carry out the industry-based poverty alleviation and align with the strategy of rural revitalization to help lift villagers out of poverty to get rich.

Guo has cared for cadres assuming the temporary posts for poverty alleviation. During the investigation, he asked them many times about their work and life. He also required them to fully understand the glory and hardship of this work, give full play to the role of a bridge in doing a good job of communication between China Minmetals and targeted poor counties, earnestly implement the poverty-alleviation strategy and missions of China Minmetals, accelerate the pairing and implementation of related projects, and do their best to help the needy people.

According to the work requirements of the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council and the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, the investigation team also supervised the use of poverty alleviation funds of China Minmetals.

Also participating in the investigation were Zhang Mengxing, Vice Secretary of the CPC Committee and President of MCC, Pan Zhongyi, Deputy Head of the CPC Leadership Group Discipline Team and Head of the Supervision Bureau of China Minmetals, Wang Wenhai, Head of Party-Mass Working Department, and Tian Zhixiang, Party Secretary and Chairman of MCC Guizhou, as well as Zhang Tao, Deputy Secretary of Tongren Municipal Party Committee and Secretary of Tongren Municipal Political and Legal Committee, Cao Xiaozhong, Deputy Mayor of Tongren, Shang Youjiang, Secretary of Dejiang County CPC Committee, Qin Zhikun, Magistrate of Dejiang County, and He Zhigang, Magistrate of Yanhe County.