The administration of Ho Chi Minh City will help members of ethnic minorities, families who have made contributions to the revolution, and eligible poor to work abroad, mostly in Japan and Malaysia.

Under the city’s 3.3 billion VND (145,000 USD) programme, these people will be provided with free vocational training and instruction in foreign languages.

According to the city’s Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the city will also continue to operate a programme that offers soft loans of up to 100 million VND ( 4,700 USD) to poor individuals.

The loans are sourced from the Fund for the Poor, the Social Policy Bank, and the Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The department has assigned the Overseas Manpower Service Company (Suleco) to implement the new programme through the end of the year.

Tran Hieu Liem, deputy head of the department’s Labour, Wage and Salary Division, said that about 600 labourers would be send overseas by the end of the year.-VNA