Vietnam Airlines builds school for ethnic minority pupils

The two giant hydroelectric reservoirs of Hoa Binh and Son La, plus dozens of other large-capacity reservoirs, have enabled Son La province to develop aquaculture, tourism, transportation, commerce and other services to open up new development orientations, boost socio-economic development, stabilise livelihoods of surrounding people and diversify local tourism offerings. Visitors can ride a boat in valleys of limestone mountains in a tranquil primitive setting along the Da River running through eight districts, 46 communes and 329 villages where nearly 110,000 people are residing. Hoa Binh and Son La hydropower reservoirs, which cover an area of nearly 21,000 ha, have great potential for developing fishery, forestry, transportation, tourism and commerce. By tapping and using water surfaces, these localities have provided livelihoods for people. In addition to commercial fishing, many effective aquaculture models have increased incomes and created jobs for them. Besides, trading has markedly developed, driven by lakeside markets and in surrounding villages. Commercial development also has good impacts on tourism and service development. However, the current development of fishery, trade, transport and tourism in Hoa Binh and Son La hydropower reservoirs is incommensurate with their potential due to lack of investment, small scale of aquaculture and the non-guarantee of environmental protection, diversity and ecological balance. Tourism development is also spontaneous and fragmented. The province will carry out investment projects to unlock potential in Son La province-based hydroelectric reservoirs in the 2016-2020 period to boost tourism and service development, estimate advantages and…... [read more]

Vietnam Airlines builds school for ethnic minority pupils

The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programs on sustainable poverty reduction and new-style rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue said public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30 percent in seven months. At the meeting. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programs to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programs on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Hieu, the total State funding for the national target programs this year amounts to over VND 15.23 trillion (USD 662.2 million), including VND 8 trillion (USD 347.8 million) reserved for the National Target Program on New-style Rural Development and the remaining for the National Target Program on Sustainable Poverty…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs needs to set up a council to assess and define poor districts in order to support fast and sustainable poverty reduction, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said yesterday. He made the statement while chairing National Steering Committee on national targeted programmes between 2016 and 2020. Hue said that despite achievements in implementing programmes on building new-style rural areas and reducing poverty, these had not been evenly carried out across the country. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the total State budget for national targeted programmes is VND15.231 trillion. Most localities are accelerating implementation of their programmes. However, the fund disbursement nationwide for this purpose in the first six months of the year remained low, reaching only 13.09 per cent of target. In light of the slow disbursement rate, the rate of public investment disbursement surged in July compared to June and the same period last year, Hue said. However, it only brought the disbursement rate in the first seven months to 30 per cent. “The disbursement speed has made progress but has not reached targets, especially in disbursing public investment capitals,” he said. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said that national targeted programmes on building new-style rural areas and sustainably reducing poverty had been combined with a focus on increasing investment by allocating resources for a five-year cycle instead of annual investment. The Deputy Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Planning and…... [read more]

At the meeting (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue requested the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to carefully review poor districts in accordance with Resolution 30a while chairing a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on National Target Programmes in 2016-2020 in Hanoi on August 1. The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction and new rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue said public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30 percent in seven months. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programmes to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programmes on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSC) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According …... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue requested the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to carefully review poor districts in accordance with Resolution 30a while chairing a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on National Target Programmes in 2016-2020 in Hanoi on August 1. The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction and new rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue stated that public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30% in seven months. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programmes to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programmes on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSC) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Hieu, the total State funding for…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue requested the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs to carefully review poor districts in accordance with Resolution 30a while chairing a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on National Target Programmes in 2016-2020 in Hanoi on August 1. The meeting was meant to review the progress of the national target programmes on sustainable poverty reduction and new rural development and set the committee’s tasks to accomplish the targets of this year. Speaking at the event, Hue stated that public capital disbursement remained slow, equivalent to over 30% in seven months. He asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) to review resources allocation in the two national target programmes to devise proposals to add into the Government’s resolution on speeding up the progress and quality of public investment disbursement. The MoPI must coordinate with the ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development to promptly issue a detailed guideline on criteria for basic construction debts in the national target programmes on new rural development. Hailing the efficiency of credit for new rural development, Hue required the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSC) to study resources to increase credit for the campaign. The Deputy PM also called for special attention to be paid to “soft criteria” of poverty reduction, like cultural values, living environment, social safety and order, and livelihoods. According to Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Hieu, the total State funding for…... [read more]

In a recent interview granted to Vietnam News Agency, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem said the EWEC is one of the five economic corridors in the Greater Sub-Mekong Region (GMS), which was approved at the eighth GMS Ministerial Meeting in October 1998. With funding from the Asian Development Bank and the Japanese Government, major transport infrastructure facilities lying along the corridor have been upgraded, including Tien Sa and Da Nang ports, Hai Van tunnel and National Highway No 9 inside Vietnam. Notably, the second international bridge spanning the Mekong River was open to traffic in late 2006, linking Thailand's seven northeastern provinces, Laos' Savannakhet province and Vietnam's three central provinces. In addition to developing transport infrastructure facilities, relevant countries have coordinated closely in simplifying procedures, facilitating cross-border travel, enhancing cooperation in tourism and human resource development, and attracting investment for the sake of steady economic development and sustainable poverty reduction. The western part of the corridor, which runs from Thailand to Myanmar, will be under construction soon to turn the EWEC into an inland corridor connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Once completed, the EWEC project will help millions of people living in the four countries escape poverty, narrow the development gap and strengthen linkages between the EWEC and other regions in Southeast Asia and the world. The project will enable the four countries to better tap their natural resources and potential, and expand their markets. It will also help them expand external economic ties, promote…... [read more]

According to officials from the Ministries of Planning and Investment (MPI) and Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the government of Vietnam has always tried to make sure economic development go hand in hand with poverty reduction and empowerment for disadvantaged groups of people, including children, women, the disabled and ethnic minority people. Vietnam’s achievements in poverty reduction have won international applaud. United Nations Resident Coordinator John Hendra praised Vietnam for being the first country in the world to achieve the first Millennium Development Goal - eliminating extreme poverty and hunger. The achievement is attributable to the effective implementation of poverty-related policies and programmes in recent years. They include the national target programme for poverty reduction, the socio-economic development programmes for disadvantaged communes and ethnic minority areas, and the support programme for the fast and sustainable poverty reduction in 62 poor districts. However, international experts said the Government is limited in resources to cover an increasing number of often fragmented programmes and policies. The mid-term results of the programmes have shown a substantial overlap and lack of coordination. As a result, Resident Coordinator John Hendra said, many ethnic minority and mountainous areas continue lagging far behind further behind the rest of the country in terms of socio-economic development. He suggested that the existing poverty reduction programmes and policies be integrated into one master programme or framework to reduce overlap and improve coordination and enhance efficiency. He also stressed the need to improve the ethnic minority people’s capacity to play a…... [read more]

Practical procedures Following the Prime Minister’s decision to help poor people, many supporting policies have been adopted in localities to create jobs for them, including those belonging to ethnic minority groups. Before being sent abroad, guest workers are provided with vocational training, language courses and first-hand knowledge of their host countries. Ethnic minority workers are offered free training while those in poor districts receive half the cost. In addition, they are also given VND80,000 for accommodation and other personal things, such as clothes and footwear, as well as the fees for passports, visas and medical checks-up. When workers have personal problems relating to their health or they lose their jobs when their employers unilaterally cancel contracts they will be helped to overcome their financial difficulties. Furthermore, they will also enjoy low interest rate on bank loans which is half the normal lending rate. The DOLM estimates that each worker working in Libya can get financial support worth around VND10 million while it is capped at VND7 million in Malaysia. Nearly 7,000 workers register to work abroad Recently, many officials have gone to remote and mountainous areas to meet with local authorities and encourage people to work abroad. They short-list candidates and take them to their training centres. A project to help poor districts promote labour exports to strengthen sustainable poverty reduction in the 2009-2020 period was approved by the Prime Minister according to decision 71. The pilot period: 2009-2010: sending 10,000 workers The 2011-2015 period: sending 50,000 workers The 2016-2020…... [read more]

The movement has made very encouraging achievements through active response from various groups of Vietnamese people, organizations and businesses inside and outside the country. The movement has mobilized many resources worth trillions of Vietnam dong to assist the poor with production materials and food between crops. The Fund for the Poor has helped to build almost one million houses for more than four million poor people. Tens of millions of poor people have received money to buy bicycles and pay for education. They were also given regular and emergency medical treatment. Millions of poor households were granted preferential credit while tens of thousands of poor people received free vocational training. They have also been provided with free health insurance cards and legal assistance. The State has continually written and issued comprehensive policies to cover the basic demands of the poor and has many different channels for assistance. However, more is still needed to maintain the results of poverty reduction as many people who have escaped from poverty are in danger of relapsing, especially after natural disasters, epidemics or economic shocks. Under the new criteria for poverty from now until 2015, Vietnam will have 3.3 million poor households or about 15 million poor people. One measure that has been effective in addressing this issue is using mass media to raise public awareness and encourage poor people to rise out of poverty.... [read more]



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