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Ha Giang targets minority poverty

Update: December, 18/2014 - 09:11
H'Mong women in Dong Van District, Ha Giang Province. —VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc

HA GIANG (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh said that Ha Giang province needs to solve its ethnic minority land issues, especially for those living in the province's poorest areas, yesterday at the province's Second Ethnic Minority Peoples Congress.

The Deputy PM said that province authorities should also focus on preserving forests and implementing policies that maximise the province's potential.

In response to the Deputy PM's requests, Ha Giang People's Committee said that the province would work harder to implement beneficial policies for ethnic minority communities over the next five years.

The People's Committee added that the province would improve its management of investment funds, further develop agriculture and preserve local traditions and cultures.

Ha Giang is a mountainous province in the north of Viet Nam, and one of three poorest provinces in the country. The largest minority in the province is the H'Mong people who constitute one-third of the population. The province's economy depends on its tourism, mining and processing industries.

During the last five years, Ha Giang province has made some remarkable achievements. Chief among them was the reduction of poor households from 35.28 per cent in 2011 to 26.95 per cent in 2013, and raising the average income by 6.67 per cent to VND16 million (US$762) in 2014.

The province also improved the infrastructure in mountainous and ethnic minority areas, and maintained a healthy GDP growth rate of 10.35 per cent from 2011 to 2013.

In 2013, the province's industrial production brought in VND 3.2 trillion ($152 million)—double 2010's numbers and 58.3 per cent higher than 2013's target number.

Ha Giang's tourism sector was a major contributor to the province's growth, promoting local cultures and the Dong Van Karst Plateau. In the first eight months of 2014, the province recorded 410,000 visitors, nearly equal to the total number of visitors last year. — VNS

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