Vice Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) Son Phuoc Hoan has discussed with Mexican government officials policies for indigenous people’s relating to education, culture, health, hunger eradication, poverty reduction and women and children’s issues.

During his nine-day trip to Mexico, that concluded on Sept. 15, Hoan met with representatives of the Mexican Ministries of Foreign Relations, Public Education and Health and Social Development.

He also had working sessions with the Mexican National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, the Mexican National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy, the Mexico Multicultural Nation University Programme (PUMC) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Mexican Indigenous People Sustainable Development Organisation.

Officials from both sides studied ways of providing cash assistance, organising seminars on indigenous people social policies, education policies for remote and mountainous areas as well as the difficulties that indigenous people have in accessing education and bilingual teaching.

The Mexican host suggested having exchange programme between the CEMA and Mexico through an intermediary body in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on fields of mutual concern.

Both officials discussed their experiences in supporting ethnic minorities, Hoan said, adding that Vietnam is willing to cooperate with Mexico in this field.

While in Mexico, the CEMA delegation visited several establishments to develop indigenous people’s policies and toured a number of States around the country, the Vietnam Park and President Ho Chi Minh’s monument in Mexico City./.