The Central Highlands province of Dak Lak plans to build additional eight clusters of communes in disadvantaged and border areas by 2020, said Mai Hoan Nie Kdam, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.

Accordingly, the clusters will be built in Lak, Krong Buk, Krong Nang, M’Drak, Ea Sup and Krong Pak districts at a total cost of 97.5 billion VND (4.6 million USD).

Each of them will include a market, roads to the communal centres, water and electricity systems and boarding schools.

Since 2009, the province has invested more than 22 billion VND (1 million USD) in building 13 clusters of communes in far-flung ethnic minority-inhabited areas.

Seven of which have been completed, creating favourable conditions for local residents to meet and exchange goods, thus gradually improving their incomes. The locality is now calling for more financial assistance from the Government and ministries to complete the clusters under construction and build new ones in a bid to boost local socio-economic development and improve people’s living standards.-VNA