Vietnam striving to raise living standards of ethnic minority groups

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on June 24 asked ministries and agencies to roll out specific action plans to speed up the disbursement of public investments and deal with impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority groups. ​

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh on June 24 asked ministries and agencies to roll out specific action plans to speed up the disbursement of public investments and deal with impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority groups.

The National Assembly has approved the funding that aims to raise living standards of ethnic minority groups and those living in mountainous areas during the 2021-2025 period, said Binh, who is also head of the steering committee for the national target programme on socio-economic development in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas.

The approval is significant to the country’s socio-economic development, he added.

Minister-Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs Hau A Lenh said the 2021-2030 national target programme is set to narrow the gaps of living standards and income between ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas and the national average.

The number of communes and villages in extremely difficult circumstances is expected to be halved by 2025, and there would be no localities facing such circumstances by 2030.

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

The total funding for the programme during the 2021-2025 period stands at about 147.05 trillion VND (over 6 billion USD).

Deputy PM Binh ordered establishing a working group in charge of mobilising official development assistance (ODA), and asked the Committee for Ethnic Minorities Affairs and the Ministry of Transport to coordinate with relevant ministries to propose programmes and projects on infrastructure construction and human resources development in ethnic minority-inhabited and mountainous areas, using ODA and foreign loans worth around 350 million USD./.

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