The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has spent around 600 billion VND (27.6 million USD) building and upgrading infrastructure facilities to support disadvantaged households in ethnic minority areas since 2011.

In recent years, local authorities have become aware of the importance of ethnic affairs, the Party Central Committee approved Resolution No.24-NQ.TW on ethnic policy, this has contributed vastly to the improvement of living conditions for local people.
Thanks to efforts made by local authorities, as many as 1,422 households were granted land to build houses, while 100 others received land for cultivation.

During the period, 14 concentrated water supply facilities, serving over 1,200 local families were constructed.
Meanwhile, nearly 4,900 youths from ethnic groups were offered vocational training under the localities support programmes.

The percentage rate of poor households saw the annual average reduce 2-3 percent, resulting in the rate of 7.41 percent. Nearly 96 percent of the local population have been connected to the national electricity network and 76 percent of them have gained access to clean water.

Education and training for Khmer people, along with efforts to preserve local cultural identity of the ethnic groups have also been given due attention.

Additionally, the locality gained positive results from implementing national health care and environmental sanitation programmes.

According to the Head of the provincial Committee for Ethnic Affairs Danh Ngoc Hung, local authorities will continue to implement support programmes and projects for Khmer people in the future, hence promoting socio-economic development in the locality, especially for ethnic minorities.-VNA