09:25 | 12/01/2017 Society
Minister-Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Do Van Chien has called for sustainable and rapid socioeconomic development in ethnic minority and mountainous regions with the target of reducing the poverty rate by 3-4% per year by 2020.
He made the call at a meeting held in Hanoi on January 11 to review ethnic minority affairs in 2016 and to make plans for 2017.
The minister said that the ethnic minority and mountainous regions, particularly remote, border and disadvantaged areas have seen positive changes with improvements in both spiritual and material life. There have also been improvements in infrastructure, education, healthcare, culture preservation and poverty reduction.
However, the ethnic minority and mountainous regions faced many difficulties in 2016 including frequent natural disasters, causing serious losses of people and property, Chien noted.
With a budget of over VND7 trillion (US$308 million) in 2016, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs helped mountainous regions build nearly 6,000 edifices and 90 water supply works for more than 140,000 households.
More than 400,000 poor households were also assisted in agricultural production while 29,000 others were given loans to do business among others.
In 2017, the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs will be consistent with the target of cutting down the poverty rate and providing vocational training and land for ethnic minorities who lack of land for agricultural production in addition to addressing the shortage of running water for the locals.