China's Xinjiang shakes off absolute poverty

Added On November 15, 2020

Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has officially bid farewell to absolute poverty.

The regional government announced on Saturday that the last 10 impoverished counties in Xinjiang have managed to end absolute poverty.
China Report has more.
After years of poverty alleviation efforts and based on a string of evaluations, the local government finally announced that the 10 counties in southern Xinjiang, where the country's largest desert is located, are no longer defined "impoverished" by official standards.
According to a local official, the announcement means that all of Xinjiang's 32 poverty-stricken counties and more than 3.08 million registered impoverished residents have shaken off poverty.
In recent years, the regional government has been dedicated to promoting employment, education and medical services to improve people's circumstances, with over 70 percent of the fiscal budget spent on ensuring and improving people's wellbeing.
From 2014 to 2019, a sound economic momentum was sustained with an average annual GDP growth rate of 7.2 percent.
Living standards of the local people have significantly improved with an average yearly growth of 9.1 percent in residential per capita disposable income.