BRAZIL – Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan visited Brazil to meet with the ministries of social development, hunger prevention and education and learn from their experiences with sustainable poverty reduction.
The Deputy Prime Minister's visit from April 16-18 is part of a programme to examine poverty reduction in Brazil organised by the World Bank and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) in collaboration with relevant Brazilian ministries.
Deputy PM Nhan toured Rio de Janeiro, the first city to implement the national poverty reduction programme. He also visited several offices of the Bolsa Familia, the organisation providing allowances and consultancy to the poor.
At his meetings, the Deputy PM stressed that the Vietnamese Government prioritises poverty reduction and said the country has made advances in the field that have been recognised around the world.
He spoke highly of Brazil's efforts in poverty reduction, saying that he attributed the country's achievements to efficient co-ordination between relevant ministries and grassroots agencies.
Brazil also built a national database on the poor in order to implement work relating to poverty reduction, health care and education, he said.
On this occasion, MoLISA Deputy Minister Doan Mau Diep and Deputy Minister of Social Development and Hunger Prevention Romulo Paes de Sousa signed an action plan to realise the memorandum of understanding on fighting poverty signed by the two countries in Ha Noi on July 10, 2008.
About 28 million Brazilians escaped from poverty thanks to the government's policies combining economic development and poverty reduction. However, 16 million others remain under the poverty line. The country is striving to become the first developing nation in the world to meet its poverty reduction target according to the first UN millennium development goal. — VNS