The northern province of Bac Giang has set to reduce its poverty rate to 8.5 – 9 percent in 2015 from 19.6 percent in 2010.

By 2015, 13 poor communes in Luc Ngan district will strive to halve their 2010 poverty rate of 81.38 percent, to 41.08 percent.

To that end, local authorities and sectors will join hands in providing on-the-spot vocational training courses and generating jobs for local people.

Those from poor households or near-poor households will be assisted to access impoverishment-relieving policies and healthcare and educational services.

In 2014, the province invested 17.97 billion VND (845,000 USD) in vocational training development project, including 5.3 billion VND (249,000 USD) for facilities.

It allocated over 14.9 billion VND (701,000 USD) to carry out vocational training projects for rural labourers.

Vocational centres in the province are currently providing training for 28,860 people and looking forward to training up to 29,780 labourers in 2015.

Located 50km to the north of Hanoi, Bac Giang comprises one city and nine districts, seven of which are mountainous.

It is home to 20 ethnic groups, with the most populous ethnicity being the Kinh people. The remaining 200,000 residents, 12.5 percent of the local population, are ethnic minorities.-VNA