Poverty rate in the Central Highlands drops by 2.8 percent annually over the past 15 years (Source: VNA)
Lam Dong (VNA) – Poverty rate in the Central Highlands dropped by 2.8 percent annually over the past 15 years, the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands said on June 30.

The committee told a conference to review communications work in the Central Highlands held in Lam Dong province on June 30 that the rate was 2.5 percent during 2001-2005 and 3.5 percent during 2006-2010 and 2011-2015 periods.

The poverty rate in ethnic minority-inhabited areas contracted from 47.8 percent in 2006 to 19.9 percent at present, the committee said, adding that famine has been basically addressed in these areas.

In poor districts as listed in the Government’s Resolution No. 30a/2008/NQ-CP, the rate was reduced from 62 percent in 2001 to 46.64 percent in 2015.

Over the past ten years, the region provided vocational training for 168,000 locals and generated jobs for 826,000 others, of which 182,000 belong to ethnic minority groups, helping cut unemployment rate in urban areas in the region from 5.16 percent in 2001 to 2.51 percent, the lowest level nationwide.

At the conference, the committee rolled out orientations for the communications work in the time ahead, focusing on the implementation of the Government’s guidelines to close forest gates, the development of high-tech agriculture and a coffee industry adaptive to climate change, as well as outcomes of the realisation of the national target programme on sustainable poverty reduction and new-style rural area building.

On this occasion, the committee also announced results of cooperation between Vietnamese and Lao and Cambodia localities that share the border line.

The Central Highlands region comprises Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong provinces, with total population of about 5.64 million people and 47 ethnic groups.-VNA