The Central Highland province of Gia Lai will allocate more than 21 billion VND (987,000 USD) for a sustainable socio-economic development project in the two communes of la Khai and la Pech in la Grai border district.

The project will be implemented between 2014 and 2016, focusing on agricultural production, education, healthcare services, workforce training and infrastructure development .

It is hoped to improve the livelihood for local people, thus promoting sustainable poverty reduction.

In recent years, local authorities have paid special attention to looking after their people’s spiritual and material life, especially those of ethnic minority groups and in remote areas, helping bring down the rate of poor households in the locality to only 17.3 percent from some 27 percent in 2010.

Roads accessible for automobiles now run through all the communes in the province, while 90 of local households are connected to the national grid and 80 percent have access to clean water.-VNA