The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho plans to help over 3,000 households rise out of poverty in 2015, bringing the local poverty rate from 2.84 percent in 2014 to 1.84 percent this year, the lowest in the region.

To achieve this goal, Director of the municipal Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thanh Xuan said the city will foster economic development with the aim of generating approximately 202.5 trillion VND (9.47 billion USD) from trade and industrial and agricultural production in 2015, an 11.5 percent increase from 2014.

The city also plans to create 50,000 employment opportunities alongside vocational training courses for 40,000 local residents, raising the city’s rate of trained workers to 50.7 percent, the highest in the region.

Besides, Can Tho city will raise funds to build houses and clean water supply systems for the poor, in addition to extending health care, education, and bill payment support.

In 2014, the locality invested some 38 trillion VND (1.78 billion USD) in and granted another 48 trillion VND (2.24 billion USD) as loans to industrial and agricultural development. The capital flow, in turn, helped the city generate over 181 trillion VND (8.48 billion USD), up 12.5 percent from the previous year.

It also provided 5,500 local poor households with 30 billion VND (1.4 million USD) worth of loans and offered vocational training to 38,000 people.

Last year, more than 50,000 jobs were created, helping nearly 3,250 families escape poverty.-VNA