As a technical expert at the Uzbekistan Institute of Internet Science and Technology, I have participated in international Internet technology exchange activities many times, among which I am especially curious about the e-commerce poverty alleviation policy implemented by the Chinese government. And Xingjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one of the priorities benefiting from e-commerce poverty alleviation. At the same time, I learned from the exchanges with relevant personnel of the Chinese Embassy in Uzbekistan that the Chinese government has now taken various measures to help carry out e-commerce poverty alleviation, and has achieved poverty alleviation for all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
The Chinese government is committed to the goal of building a well-off society in an all-round way to eliminate absolute poverty by 2020, being 10 years ahead of the World Bank’s call for countries to basically eliminate extreme poverty by 2030. Poverty reduction is a historic and global problem. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim once commended China’s poverty reduction as one of the greatest events in human history. Global opinion also believes that it is unprecedented in the world to complete such a large-scale poverty alleviation task in such a short period of time. The warm stories and great feats of Chinese-style poverty alleviation have provided useful experience for the global eradication of poverty. Tackling poverty is the largest project of benefiting the people, enriching the people in contemporary China, as well as the political commitment of the Chinese Communist Party for the benefit of the people. Currently, China is advancing the implementation of the top ten projects for targeted poverty alleviation, among which e-commerce poverty alleviation is a new method. In particular, the Chinese government has implemented the Network Poverty Alleviation Action Plan to give full play to the leading and driving role of the Internet, consolidate the strength of the whole society, and promote targeted poverty alleviation, enabling the development of the Internet to benefit more than 1.4 billion Chinese people.
In recent years, poverty alleviation project in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has achieved great success. Poverty alleviation is an important aspect of improving Xinjiang’s overall economic level. Targeted poverty alleviation plays a major role in promoting Xinjiang’s economic development. The local government of Xinjiang is working hard to promote poverty alleviation, deepen the exploitation of high-quality agricultural products resources, build an agricultural poverty alleviation industry, further help farmers and herdsmen in poor areas of Xinjiang to open up channels for selling high-quality agricultural products, and help farmers and herdsmen to get rid of poverty and become rich.
Xinjiang is rich in specialty agricultural products that are generally favored by consumers for sweet taste, large size, and high nutritional content, including cantaloupe in Hami City, Hetian Jujube, Wushi Walnut, Turpan Grape, Yining Beef Jerky, etc. Currently, e-commerce poverty alleviation project is allowing Xinjiang’s high-quality specialty agricultural products to sell across China and even go abroad, becoming an effective means to help eliminate poverty. Xinjiang has implemented a poverty alleviation plan for new type farmers and targeted poverty alleviation of Xinjiang’s agricultural products. It applies the new community e-commerce method to precisely connect the production end and consumers, help the county to build its own unique agricultural product brand, achieve goal of “high quality and good prices”, and improve the sales of agricultural products. It is a good innovation practice for targeted poverty alleviation with e-commerce mode.
In fact, since 2012, with the active promotion and assistance of the Chinese government, Xinjiang’s e-commerce in the supply and marketing system has established good strategic cooperation relations with major domestic e-commerce platforms to facilitate the promotion of Xinjiang’s specialty agricultural products through the Internet to realize dissemination and marketing. And they quickly established the “Xinjiang specialty” brand concept among consumers, such as Aksu Apple, Korla Pear, Hotan Jujube, Yecheng Walnut, and Turpan Raisin, and other high-quality specialty products were launched on social e-commerce platforms. For many years, Xinjiang has made solid progress in e-commerce poverty alleviation. In 2018, the online retail sales of agricultural products reached 7.2 billion yuan, an increase of nearly 45%, and it will continue to maintain a good development momentum in 2019. For example, Asguri Mahsuti, the head of the breeding cooperative organization in Wuxuete Township, Tori County, Xinjiang, attended the e-commerce salon training organized by the county, opening up new ideas. She settled in the E-commerce Public Service Center of Torrey County, and incorporated her products into the county’s public brand “Muyuan Lvfeng”. Through the mode of e-commerce center plus cooperative (base) plus poor households, she helped the poor households in Wuxuete Township increase income.
In short, the Chinese government is improving people’s livelihood. Through e-commerce poverty alleviation measures, Xinjiang Uyghur Muslims have embarked on the path of getting rid of poverty and getting rich. The Chinese government’s major project of building a well-off society is worthy of in-depth study by our Muslim countries.