YEN BAI Poor districts in the northwestern region have received more than VND1 trillion (US$55.5 million) assistance in the four months since the Government resolved to support poverty reduction in the nation s 61 poorest districts.
During a weekend meeting in Yen Bai Province with representatives from 40 national major enterprises seeking ways to effectively support 43 poor districts in the northwest, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said plans to alleviate poverty in the area had received significant contributions from domestic businesses.
"More than half of the districts households remain poor," he said. "Implementing alleviation policies and mobilising all resources, especially internal potential, were the key to rapidly reducing poverty and to creating sustainable incomes.
"Domestic enterprises have made great efforts to grant such huge support to people in the rural and remote areas of the northwest," he said.
Dao Ngoc Dung, a member of the Communist Party Central Committee and deputy head of the Steering Committee for Northwestern Region, said the funds would be used to improve infrastructure and human resources.
Dung said high-quality human resources, in line with improved education and job generation, would significantly contribute to speeding up the region s poverty alleviation.
A focus on such sectors as cement production, hydro-electricity construction, mineral mining and tourism would be also important for regional development, he said.
Lo Quan Hiep, chairman of the Sop Cop District People s Committee in Son La Province, said his district had received VND30 billion ($1.6 million) from the Bank of Investment and Development and other investors.
"We never thought about receiving such a huge sum," he said. "We hope to receive the support as soon as possible to help 58 per cent of the district s households quit poverty."
The bank would help Sop Cop District repair 1,100 dilapidated houses, build 76 schools and introduce programmes to ensure social security and welfare.
The Viet Nam National Shipping Lines, one of 40 enterprises participating in the meeting, said it had agreed to help four poor districts in three provinces and was willing to support more nationwide.
While the northwest region s poor was more than half of its population, its GDP per head had risen to VND7.8 million ($430) last year, three times more than in 2000. VNS