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Scientists asked to study northwest development

Update: October, 20/2014 - 11:35
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the sustainable development of northwest region workshop in Ha Noi.— VNA Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Saturday asked the country's scientists to study sustainable development in the northwest region.

Phuc made the statement at a workshop which focused on analysing policies and data on the northwest region's sustainable development. It was hosted in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam National University of Ha Noi (VNU) and the Northwest Steering Committee (NSC).

Phuc, who is also head of the NSC, said he valued the results of a programme developing science and technology in the region.

The geographically important region had huge potential for development, he said. It needed to be studied thoroughly for comprehensive development of the country as a whole.

However, the region's rate of poor households is the highest nationwide at 29.5 per cent. Natural disasters, climate change and exploitation of natural resources also pose threats to its development.

VNU should research the region's hunger and poverty reduction goals to find what solutions could assist its climb towards success, Phuc said.

The VNU should study each locality, as well as the whole region, he said. VNU should coordinate with ministries, agencies and localities, and those authorities should participate actively by contributing ideas and providing databases.

VNU President Phung Xuan Nha, who leads the programme, said VNU had planned initial research on building an integrated data system, and reviewing and evaluating policies being implemented in the region.

The northwest region comprises six provinces: Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai and Yen Bai. —VNS

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