Foreign NGOs pledge aid for VN's ethnic minorities

December 9, 2014 11:59 am 

HA NOI, Dec. 9 — International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have pledged to fund programs and development projects worth USD200 million in mountainous and ethnic minority areas in the next three years.

The news came at a conference Monday co-organized by the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organization. It aimed to promote investment and development of aid for the disenfranchised communities. The foreign NGOs will carry out 261 different projects in the USD200-million deal.

The telecom group Viettel and Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) also pledged to provide the regions VND10.2 trillion (USD480 million) in 2015.

Participants heard a report on Viet Nam's socio-economic development and policies aimed at attracting investment and foreign aid for the mountain areas. They also gave recommendations on how the government should cooperate with international organizations to help the ethnic minority and mountainous regions develop.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked countries and international organizations for their comprehensive assistance. He said he hoped the poverty-reduction programs would receive more help in the future.

The country must devise proper policies so it can pool resources from the State, development partners and communities to best help the regions upgrade their transportation infrastructure, reduce poverty and ensure social welfare, Phuc said.

Advanced technology in the agro-forestry sector would help the country meet these goals, he said. Involved parties should focus on promoting ecotourism, culture, history, mining and mineral processing, Phuc said. They should also build irrigation projects associated with hydroelectric power plants, he said.

Ethnic minority and mountainous areas nationwide attracted investment worth USD3.9 billion so far this year. But these regions still face many challenges, such as underdeveloped infrastructure, poor quality of human resources and a high number of poor. (PNA/VNS)

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