Central Highlands: PPP models sought to aid ethnic minority areas hinh anh 1A forum was held in Dak Nong province on October 19 to promote PPP for sustainable development of the Central Highlands. (Photo: baogialai.com.vn)

Dak Nong (VNA) – Domestic and foreign experts, business executives and managerial officials have sought to make use of public-private partnership (PPP) to support the development of ethnic minority-inhabited areas in the Central Highlands.

At a forum held in Gia Nghia town, Central Highlands Dak Nong province on October 19, Minister and Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs Do Van Chien said home to many ethnic minority groups, the Central Highlands holds an important strategic position and has a lot of potential for growth.

However, the region is facing unsustainable development and dwindled resources for the implementation of ethnic policies to reduce poverty, he noted.

He urged regional authorities to work to connect businesses and local people in creating jobs for ethnic minorities in addition to implementing State polices on this regard.

Participants shared experience in promoting the application of PPP in forestation and safe water supply and environmental sanitation, and more.

Economic expert Pham Chi Lan affirmed that PPP would bring big benefits for the country and localities, especially in the context of smaller State budget and bigger investment need for socio-economic infrastructure development.

She emphasised the need to have a transparent mechanism, accountability of involved sides, locals’ involvement, and State supervision for the efficient performance of a PPP programme.

Nguyen Thanh Quang, Vice Director General of Sam High-tech Agriculture Company, which has invested in Dak Nong province, said the community’s participation and assistance is very important to an efficient public-private partnership programme.

If businesses want to grow, they must rely on the local community, he said.

After discussion, participants made a fact-finding tour of some public-private partnership models in Dak Dong district, Dak Nong.

The forum was jointly organized by the National Assembly’s Ethnic Council, the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs, and the Dak Nong provincial People’s Committee.-VNA