|A section of a rural road under construction in Quang Tri Province's Hai Lang District. The private sector has played a major part in developing rural areas nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam's countryside has been given a facelift over the last five years following a national programme to develop new rural areas thanks to the contributions of businesses and entrepreneurs nationwide, said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh on Saturday.
At a ceremony in Ha Noi, the official said the programme had involved all levels of society, and helped cut the household poverty rate by 2 per cent each year, while doubling the incomes of rural residents. Around 10 per cent of communes and five districts have been recognised as new rural areas.
This was attributed to contributions by businesses and entrepreneurs who had funded roads, schools and hospitals as well as agricultural production and job creation, Ninh said.
He asked ministries, sectors and localities to seriously review the implementation of the prog-ramme and propose measures to attract business investment in agriculture and rural areas.
The official also expressed his hope for more practical contributions by companies and entrepreneurs to rural development and national industrialisation and modernisation.
Also at the ceremony, certificates of merit were presented to 65 companies and 31 entrepreneurs to honour their efforts to rural development.
The national target programme has 19 criteria for new rural areas covering infrastructure, production, living standards, income and culture, among others. A district must have at least 75 per cent of its communes meeting all 19 criteria in order to be named a new rural district. — VNS