A street in Dak Mil township decorated with flags, flowers and banners to welcome the 12th National Party Congress. (Source: Dak Nong online)

Dak Nong (VNA) – Party members and ethnics in the Central Highlands province of Dac Nong are pinning high hopes on the success of the 12th National Party Congress, taking place in Hanoi from January 20 to 28.

H’Thuong, Vice Chairwoman of the People’s Committee of Krong No district’s Nam Nung commune, said that thanks to the State, the local ethnic minority groups have thrived over the past several years.

The 29-year-old Party member expressed her hope that this Congress will select competent people to the Party Central Committee, which she said is a unity bloc representing the whole nation’s will and aspirations. It makes sound decisions in order to create more economic development breakthroughs, she added.

Along with the priority given to economic development in the mountainous and ethnic-inhabited areas, the Party should pay more attention to education and training for ethnic minority officials, and appoint young, competent officials to important positions. This would boost socio-economic development and help maintain defence security, she added.

Meanwhile, the head of the commune’s Gia Ra hamlet, Y Thi, who has been a Party member for 52 years, said he hopes this Congress will carry out important decisions in order to continue consolidating the great national unity, especially in ethnic-inhabited areas, as unity can help maintain national sovereignty and boost economic development.

After 30 years of reform, Vietnam has seen considerable growth, he said, adding that the Party should learn from others’ experience to further develop the country.

Dieu Hot, head of Dieng Dung hamlet in Tuy Duc district’s Dak Ngo commune, affirmed that people in the hamlet are confident in the Party. Thanks to the Party’s and State’s policies, they have gained access to loans to reduce poverty and build clean water facilities.

He showed his hope that the Party and State will pay more attention to ethnic communities, especially in far-flung areas, so as to improve their living standards.

The Party should carry out specific policies to address unorganised emigration and deforestation in Dak Nong province, he added.

According to Provincial Ethnic Affairs Committee Head Ha Thi Hanh, thanks to the attention of the Party and State, the material and spiritual lives of the local ethnic groups have been improved.

Between 2011 and 2015, the province saw the average poverty rate fall by 3.1 percent, with the rate in ethnic minority-inhabited areas being 4.6 percent.-VNA