Illustration photo. (Source: Internet)
Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central province of Thua Thien-Hue will invest 6.3 billion VND (274,000 USD) to equip 50 commune post offices with computers, internet and books in the period from now to 2020.

The move is to ensure that each commune post office will have at least 500 book titles and four computers with internet access.

It aims to make post offices community information and communication centres to help locals update their knowledge on policies and legal documents, serving the province’s new-style rural building projects.

From 2013 to 2015, the province invested 1.6 billion VND (70,000 USD) to improve 20 commune post offices, according to the provincial Department of Information and Communications. A further 27 post offices were provided with 1.4 billion VND (61,000 USD) to upgrade and expand their facilities.

Aditionally, a project to improve computer usage and public internet access in Vietnam , funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, supported Thua Thien-Hue 280 computers at 41 public internet access sites.

The commune cultural post office (CCPO) is an important policy of Vietnam to reduce the gap between rural and urban areas and increase public access to information technology.

The programme was initiated by the Ministry of Information and Communications in 1998, aiming to provide postal and basic telecommunications services, free books and magazines for people in rural areas, especially in difficult-to-reach communes.-VNA