Poverty rate in Central Highlands drops by 2.8% annually

NDO – The Steering Committee for the Central Highlands held a conference, in Lam Dong province on June 30, to review communications work in the Central Highlands.

The conference provided press agencies with information regarding the socio-economic development in the Central Highlands region in the first 6 months of 2017 and the achievements obtained over the past 15 years.

Accordingly, the poverty rate in the Central Highlands has seen an average annual decrease of 2.8% over the past 15 years. The rate was 2.5% during 2001-2005 and 3.5% during 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 periods.

The poverty rate in ethnic minority-inhabited areas has been reduced from 47.8% in 2006 to 19.9% at present, the committee said, noting that famine has essentially been eradicated in those areas.

In poor districts, as listed in the Government’s Resolution No. 30a/2008/NQ-CP, the socio-economic situation and poverty reduction have seen positive changes and the living conditions of the people have been improved significantly. The poverty rate has been reduced from 62% in 2001 to 46.64% in 2015.

Over the past ten years, the region has provided vocational training for 168,000 locals and generated jobs for 826,000 others, of which 182,000 belong to ethnic minority groups, helping to cut unemployment rates in urban areas across the region from 5.16% in 2001 to 2.51%, the lowest level nationwide.

At the conference, the committee also set out the directions for the communications work in the near future, with a focus on the implementation of the Government’s guidelines to close forest gates, the development of high-tech agriculture and a coffee industry adaptive to climate change, as well as delivering the outcomes of the realisation of the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction and new-style rural area building.

On this occasion, the committee also announced the results of the cooperation between Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian localities that share the border line, as well as activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Cambodia diplomatic ties.

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