BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- A senior Chinese official tasked with poverty alleviation spoke highly of various financial services dedicated to the campaign and called for increased support.
The financial sector plays a key role in poverty alleviation, said Liu Yongfu, director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development, at a press conference held on the sidelines of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress.
He said many anti-poverty financial services, including micro-credit, re-lending, and special bonds, have been launched and achieved great results.
"Every year, more than one trillion yuan (149 billion U.S. dollars) was spent in poverty-stricken areas and on projects directly related to poverty alleviation," he said.
Liu urged financial institutes to continue increasing financial support for poverty alleviation, citing infrastructure, industrial development, re-settlement programs, and areas of extreme poverty as priorities for assistance.