The northern midlands and mountainous region will strive for 7.5 percent GDP growth rate in 2011-2015 and over 8 percent in the 2016-2020 period.

According to a recently approved master development plan for the Northern Midlands and Mountainous Area by 2020, the region targets a GDP per capita of 2,000 USD in the next seven years.

Under the plan, b y 2015, the region’s economic structure will be shifted to the direction in which agro-forestry and fishery makes up 27 percent, industry-construction, 34.1 percent; and service, 38.9 percent. The figures will be 21.9 percent, 38.7 percent and 39.4 percent respectively by 2020.

The poverty rate will drop yearly by 3-4 percent and 250,000-300,000 jobs will be generated in every five years.

The agro-forestry and fishery sector will grow at an average rate of 4-4.5 percent per year in 2011-2015 and 3.5-4 percent in 2016-2020.

The agricultural sector will focus on formulating areas specialising in growing of tea, rubber, coffee, fruits, herbal medicine and breeding farms.

Particularly, the region will develop the competent food processing industry, mining industry and commodity industry. Industrial production output will increase over 11.5 percent in the first five years and 12.6 percent in the following term.

In addition, education and training will be renovated to respond to market signals, of which ethnic minority staffs will be given priority.

Meanwhile, healthcare services will be improved and the national target programmes on healthcare will be fulfilled on diseases such as malaria, malnutrition, mother and child care, and epidemic prevention.-VNA