Giang Seo Phu, Minister-Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, has applauded the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong for its effective implementation of policies towards ethnic people over the past time.

Those efforts have helped spur the province’s socio-economic development, ensure security and social order and improve the living standards of local residents, especially ethnic people in remote, far-flung and border areas, Phu said during his tour to Dak Nong from December 30, 2013-January 1, 2014.

Over the past years, the locality has invested trillions of Vietnam dong in socio-economic and infrastructure development in service of nearly 172,000 ethnic people, he said.

The planning of hamlets, the execution of policies on immigration, ethnic official training, and support for lending interest rates and students have allowed Dak Nong to significantly reduce poverty among ethnic minorities.

During his stay in Dak Nong, Phu made field trips to several water supply facilities in the province, visited beneficiaries of social policies and met with a number of local secondary students.

He noted down the locality’s proposals relating the provision of financial support to projects to deal with unplanned immigration, investments in socio-economic infrastructure such as transport, irrigation, electricity, water supply and social welfare facilities in remote, border and ethnic areas in particular.-VNA