At the seminar (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Delegates at a seminar in Hanoi on April 12 suggested preferential loans should be accessible to people with disabilities as well as businesses employing the disabled.

They explained that preferential loans exclusively for disabled people have remained limited.

Over the past three years, vocational training and job generation for the disabled have met a range of difficulties, they said, pointing to the loose coordination among competent agencies in this field.

The delegates called on the Government to continue to complete legal documents on the disabled and create conditions for them to benefit from the State’s policies.

Besides, all-level Party Committees and authorities should allocate resources from local budgets and other legal funds to the disabled, they said.

According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam has about 8 million people with disabilities aged 5 years and over, with the majority of them (82.27 percent) living in rural areas.

Of the total, only 30 percent are working, mainly in the agro-forestry-fishery sector, with low income. Of note, up to 41.01 percent of the disabled aged from six years and above are illiterate and only 6.5 percent of them have certificates or degrees.

The seminar was jointly held by the ministry, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies and Japan’s Nippon Foundation. Within the framework of the event, there were pavilions displaying products and services of the disabled.-VNA