|Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Văn Ninh addressed a meeting with the authorities in Cao Bang Province during his trip to the area on Tuesday. — VNA/NS Photo
CAO BẰNG (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Văn Ninh on Tuesday examined the implementation of national target programme on building new rural areas and assessed poverty reduction in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bằng.
The national target programme on building new rural areas, initiated by the Government in 2010, lists 19 criteria, aiming at developing all villages in Viet Nam to get the status of new rural area by investing budget on infrastructure, helping locals improve production capacity as well as protect environment and promote cultural value.
In recent years, Cao Bằng has made a lot of socio-economic progress including those on new rural area construction.
The average income per head in Cao Bang rose from VNĐ8.4 million (US$373) in 2011 to VNĐ12.9 million ($573) in 2014
Over the past years, the percentage of poor households in the province has fallen by 5.6 per cent annually.
However, so far, none of the 177 communes in the province fulfils all 19 the criteria.
Slow implementation of the programme is due to unfavourable geographical location, poor infrastructure, low-quality resources and difficulties in mobilising social resources as well as lack of joint efforts from sectors.
The province must strive to have at least one commune satisfying 19 criteria on building new-style rural areas by the end of this year, Ninh, who is also head of the Steering Committee for this national target programme, said
Ninh also asked the locality to take drastic action to implement assigned tasks on socio-economic development in 2015 and the provincial Party Committee's resolutions.
"The province should collaborate with other localities in the region in producing large-scale agricultural commodities to create sustainable economic corridor," the deputy PM said.
"Cao Bằng should focus on forest projects with wood processing while developing breeding sector which applies advanced science and technologies," he added. — VNS