Ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas report poverty rate down annually

The poverty rate in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas dropped 2-3 percent annually thanks to resources allocated to spur their socio-economic development.

The congress is reviewing the achievements and outcomes of policies for ethnic minorities over the last decade, to learn from experience and compile plans and goals for the next 10 years. Photo: VNA

The Party and State have consistently considered ethnic affairs a strategic, long-term and urgent task, Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said on December 3.

It is the task of the entire Party, people, army and political system, the top legislator affirmed at a Hanoi meeting with delegates to the second national congress of ethnic minority groups.

Ethnic groups should stay equal and united, respect and support each other in development, she stressed, adding that the State has adopted comprehensive development policies and facilitated the development of ethnic minorities.

Therefore, over the past time, resources have been allocated to ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas in order to spur their socio-economic development, Ngan said.

As a result, the poverty rate in these areas dropped 2-3 percent annually. Between 2015 and 2019, 22 districts, 125 communes, and 1,298 hamlets moved out of special difficulties, according to the leader.

Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presents gifts to delegates to the second national congress of ethnic minority groups. Photo: VNA
 

Marked achievements have also been recorded in education-training, and job generation for ethnic minority people, she said, noting due attention has been paid to health care, the conservation of traditional culture, and Party building among the groups.

The great national unity has been consolidated and enhanced, and the groups’ trust in the Party and State has improved significantly, the chief legislator continued.

She called for more joint efforts in protecting national sovereignty and border security as well as in building borders of peace, friendship, cooperation and development.

Regarding deforestation, she said the Party and the State will continue instructions for issuance of suitable mechanisms and policies to help ethnic minority groups benefit from forest protection and development. 

Apart from socio-economic development and poverty reduction, it is necessary to eliminate backward practices and combine traditional cultural preservation with community-based tourism, she requested.

Some 1,600 delegates and 300 guests are attending the second national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minorities in Hanoi from December 2 to 4.

On the sidelines, an incense-offering ceremony at the Hung Kings Temple in northern Phu Tho province and a visit to the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi took place on the morning of December 3.

The congress is reviewing the achievements and outcomes of policies for ethnic minorities over the last decade, to learn from experience and compile plans and goals for the next 10 years.

It also provides a forum for ethnic minority groups to meet and share experience and to consolidate their trust and consensus under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The second congress also aims to spotlight and recognise the contributions of ethnic minority communities to poverty reduction, new-style rural area building, infrastructure development, the implementation of ethnic minority policies, national construction and defence, and international integration in the 2010-2020 period. 

The opening session is scheduled for 8:00 on December 4, with an arts show at 20:00 at the National Convention Centre.

The first national ethnic minority congress was held in 2010, attracting nearly 1,700 delegates.

Pham Mai