PM asks Bac Kan to consider poverty reduction a political task hinh anh 1PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session (Source: VNA)

 Bac Kan (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan to launch a widespread poverty reduction campaign and consider this a political task.

At a working session with the Standing Board of the provincial Party Committee in Bac Kan on November 19, the PM pointed out that the province’s multi-dimensional poverty rate stands at 26 percent, which still remains high as compared with the national average.

Attention should be paid to forestation, husbandry and medicinal plant cultivation in order to spur growth and raise locals’ living standards, he said.

The leader noted that the first task is to review the province’s socio-economic targets in 2017, striving to complete major objectives, especially growth and budget collection targets. The long-term task is to select outstanding products for mass production.

PM Phuc gave a nod to the locality to open the Cho Moi (Moi market) – Bac Kan expressway and assigned the Ministry of Transport to submit the project to the leader for approval.

He requested Bac Kan and relevant ministries to work on measures to fully tap tourism potential of Ba Be lake.

The same day, the PM joined local residents of Tan Thanh hamlet, Bac Kan city’s Nong Thuong commune, in the great national unity festival, an annual event held nationwide to mark the founding anniversary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (November 18, 1930).

He took note of attainments of the Party Committee and authorities of Bac Kan province, Bac Kan city and Tan Thanh commune, while hoping for locals’ more efforts for their locality’s development.

He highlighted the important role of the Vietnam Fatherland Front at all levels in gathering people in implementing the Party and State’s policies, the new rural-style area building programme, and caring needy people.

Bac Kan is home to seven ethnic groups of Tay, Nung, Kinh, Dao, Mong, Hoa and San Chay, with ethnic minorities accounting for more than 80 percent of its population.

The province’s state budget collection in the first ten months of this year was estimated at 560 billion VND (24.64 million USD), fulfilling 94 percent of the set target.

Its gross regional domestic product (GRDP) per capita in 2017 was around 26 million VND, up 1.2 million VND against 2016.-VNA