Hanoi is striving to reduce its poverty rate by 0.2 percent from 2014 by removing 3,500 poor households from the list this year.

It also targets no commune with poor families accounting for 25 percent of total population.

To achieve these goals, the city will speed up the implementation of poverty reduction policies by including them in socio-economic development, new-style rural building and infrastructure investment support programmes for ethnic minority areas.

It will also give priority to facilitating the poor’s access to fundamental social services in a bid to help them escape from poverty on their own.

According to Hanoi’s poverty criteria for the 2011-2015 period, the city currently has over 34,400 poor households and nearly 44,640 near-poor ones, accounting for 1.91 percent and 2.48 percent of its population, respectively.-VNA