The Central Highland province of Dak Lak has invested nearly 14 billion VND (658.000 USD) in a number of socio-economic development projects since 2008, helping improve the living standard of ethnic minority groups in the region.

The money was spent on supplying clean water, ensuring rural environmental sanitation, and developing transport, irrigation, health, and education in ethnic minority-inhabited areas.

As a result, residents’ material and spiritual living standards have been steadily improved, thus contributing to the acceleration of socio-economic growth as well as the strengthening of the defence and security in the region.

The annual local per capita income has been increased to over 27 million VND (1,300 USD), while the rate of poor households reduced to nearly 12 percent.

Local authorities have asked the Government to boost investment in infrastructure as well as support the building of a sustainable development strategy for key farm produce such as coffee, rubber and pepper.

The province is striving to bring the poor household rate down to nearly 9 percent next year and mobilise resources for socio-economic growth in disadvantaged communes, focusing on poverty reduction.-VNA