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Premier: Poor Countries Should Not Be Forgotten When Tackling Financial Crisis

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The developed world should not forget the poorest countries when they tackle the global financial crisis, said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao while attending the Summer Davos forum in the country's northeastern coastal city of Dalian.

"I hope the Davos forum will gain a fame in the future, that is, it is not only a club of the rich, but also Davos of the poor, and focuses not only the growth of developed countries, the world top 500 companies, but also the Millennium Development Goals and devotes itself to solving the problems such as starvation, poverty and major diseases the world is facing," Wen said when answering questions at an entrepreneur symposium after delivering a speech atthe opening of the forum on Thursday.

Wen said the forum had been held quite successful worldwide for its strategic and foresighted research on international economic issues and aroused attention from around the world.

He said he hoped the forum should pay great attention to two more things. First, the forum should pay great attention to the economy of underdeveloped countries, particularly that of the poorest and link the activities of the forum to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, he said.

Second, besides economic development, the forum would pay close attention to the development of the social undertakings, linking economy closely with medical and health care, science and technology and education to make the forum more successful, said Wen.

The three-day Summer Davos forum, focusing on the topic of relaunching growth, attracted about 1,400 participants from more than 80 countries and regions.

(Xinhua News Agency September 12, 2009)