Kien Giang enhances int’l cooperation for ethnic groups’ sustainable development hinh anh 1Women of Khmer ethnic group in Giong Rieng district of Kien Giang make traditional chopsticks from bamboo (Photo: VNA)
Kien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has carried out a project aiming to bolster international cooperation for socio-economic development of ethnic groups in tandem with a decision of the Prime Minister.

In the 2013-20 period, the province successfully called on nearly 50 foreign organisations and individuals as well as domestic charity organisations to build rural infrastructure for ethnic minority people. Some 54.4 billion VND (2.35 million USD) was disbursed out of the total of 88.6 billion VND, equivalent to 64.42 percent.

The province has rolled out 105 programmes and projects in the fields of poverty alleviation and social welfare; vocational training, capacity enhancement and job creation; healthcare; agriculture and rural development; natural resources and environment; and climate change adaptation.

The rate of poor households among ethnic groups in Kien Giang was reduced to about 4.7 percent.

The province is now home to approximately 66,520 ethnic families of more than 280,250 residents, accounting for 15.48 percent of its population. Most of them earn a living through agricultural production, trade, services and industry.

Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Lam Minh Thanh said Kien Giang will further bolster international cooperation for socio-economic development of ethnic minority groups for the 2021-25 and devise mobilisation plans on investment promotions across various spheres.

It will also call for sponsorship in local ethnic minority groups’ cultural conservation and development./.