HA NOI (VNS) — Eighty youths who have been appointed vice-chairpersons of the nation's poorest communes under a governance improvement initiative will visit South Korea this July to learn more about rural development.
A report on the Voice of Viet Nam website yesterday quoted Vu Dang Minh, director of the Ministry of Home Affairs' Youth Department, as saying the young government officials will learn about the New Village movement in South Korea, which was launched in the 1970s.
The movement encouraged community involvement in rural development and helped fight poverty.
Minh said the two-week study tour follows up on encouraging results seen in the US$10.25-million national project launched three years ago, selecting young graduates to serve as vice chairs of commune administrations.
So far, 580 university graduates have been appointed nation-wide.
"The young leaders have been quite proactive in implementing initiatives that promote socio-economic development and poverty reduction," Minh said.
"We want them to show leadership and governance skills besides applying their specialised knowledge on the job."
The national project selects graduates who commit themselves to work for at least five years in poor communes, giving them option of moving after three years as a reward for outstanding achievements or great initiatives.
The project gives selection priority to candidates from provinces with many poor districts and ethnic minority populations.
Particular preference is given to those who can speak ethnic minority languages, have completed their military service or have previous administration experience.
The national project was launched because it was felt that the nation's poorest communes need well-trained officials to implement the nation's socio-economic development policies, especially those relating to hunger eradication and poverty reduction.
Typically, very few officials governing poor communes in the country are college or university graduates. — VNS