In Asia and the Pacific, 330 million people still live on less than $1.90 a day, and 1.2 billion still live on less than $3.10 a day. What can we do to eradicate poverty? The 11th ASEAN-PRC Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction will be held in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 25-27 July 2017 to discuss innovations in reducing poverty. In previous forums, the lack of access to sound credit and financial services has been identified by the participants from ASEAN and the PRC as a major cause for poverty and a major obstacle to development.
The forum aims to provide a sound platform for the PRC and ASEAN members to exchange views on common concerns, explore ways to narrow development gaps, and share best practices to achieve harmonious development based on mutual benefits and win-win spirit. This year’s forum is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Rural Development of Cambodia and the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development of the PRC; co-organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center of China and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region’s Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation; and supported by ASEAN Secretariat, UNDP and ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative.