Training conference on carrying out Programme 135 hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
Da Nang (VNA) – A training conference took place in the central city of Da Nang on November 26 to share experience in carrying out Programme 135, which was designed for extremely disadvantaged communes.

Launched in 1999, Programme 135 aims to stimulate production, improve management capacity at the local level and upgrade key infrastructure for sustainable development by 2020.

By 2020, the average income per capita will rise by 3.5 times from 2011 to 26 million VND (1,180 USD), while the rate of poor households in communes will decrease by 4 percent, according to the Coordinating Office for Programme 135.

Between 2011 and 2015, ethnic and mountainous areas in the central and Central Highlands regions expanded by 8-10 percent annually, with all communes achieving elementary education and having medical stations. Audio and television coverage hit 90 and 80 percent, respectively.

The total capital for the programme next year is estimated at 4.2 trillion VND (190.9 million USD), bringing the total investment for 2016-2020 to more than 21 trillion VND (954 million USD).

The Coordinating Office for Programme 135 has built draft criteria and allocated State budget funds for 2016-2020 on the principle of abiding by the Laws on Public Investment and State Budget, and relevant regulations.

During the two-day event, participants gain insight into the community’s role in local development, the State regulations on community empowerment and community development based on local efforts.-VNA