Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung speaks at the session (Photo: VNA)
 
Da Nang (VNA) - The National Assembly’s Social Affairs Committee convened its 11th plenary session in the central province of Da Nang on October 9 in preparation for the upcoming sixth meeting of the 14th legislature.

The committee will review the Government’s reports on the two-year implementation of the NA’s Decision No. 76/2014/QH13 on promoting sustainable poverty reduction by 2020, the realisation of the national target of gender equality in 2017 and the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with contents regarding employment, trade union and health care.

It will also mull over the draft law on prevention and combat of harmful effects of alcohol and the management and use of health insurance fund in 2017, among others, Nguyen Thuy Anh, Chairwoman of the committee, said in her opening remarks.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung reported that at the end of 2017, the rate of poor households in Vietnam was 6.7 percent, down 1.53 percent against the previous year.

During the 2015-2017 period, the country’s poverty rate dropped 1.59 percent annually, exceeding the set target of 1-1.5 percent.

The number of poor households nationwide is expected to stand at below 6 percent by the end of 2018, down from 1-1.3 percent as compared with the figure recorded earlier this year.

Besides, the number of households falling back into poverty declined from 0.13 percent in 2016 to 0.1 percent in 2017.

However, there remain shortcomings in the work such as limited resources, unsustainable poverty reduction, especially in mountainous, ethnic minority-inhabited and natural disaster-hit areas and less attention of localities to poverty reduction.

Concluding the discussion, Anh lauded efforts of the entire political system in promoting sustainable poverty reduction by 2020.

The committee’s plenary session will go on until October 11.-VNA