The Central Highlands provinces are striving to reduce the number of poor households by three percent or more per annum by 2015, with particular focus on ethnic minority groups in remote areas.

According to the Central Highlands Steering Committee, by now, the region has brought the number of poor households by 26,325 to 15.59 percent, a year-on-year decrease of 3.18 percent. In ethnic minority groups, the number was reduced to 33.26 percent, down by 4.76 percent from last January.

Lam Dong and Dak Lak provinces saw the fastest rate of poverty reduction in the region.

Localities have focused on implementing the Government’s poverty reduction policies, such as Decisions 132, 134 and Programme 135, through specific resolutions, programmes and plans. The provinces have prioritised and provided more investment to help underprivileged people in remote areas and from ethnic minority groups develop production, improve their standard of living and escape from poverty.

Notably, Dak Lak province has made it easier for poor people to access preferential loans and assistance. It has provided vocational training, created jobs and helped them apply new technology to production.-VNA