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Vinh Long (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has planned to send 3,000 guest workers to foreign markets in 2016-2020, according to the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

Vinh Long has 705,000 people of working age, accounting for 67.96 percent of the locality’s population. The rate of highly skilled workers reached 55.16 percent by later last year, and the number is expected to hit 75 percent by 2020.

To realise its goal of increasing the number of guest workers, local authorities have intensified campaigns to raise public awareness about the advantages of labour export.

Attention was paid to vocational training in order to meet requirements for export labour set by foreign markets.

At the same time, policies related to the issue have been also updated across the community.

The locality has also selected markets with good working conditions and stable income to send its workers to. Meanwhile, the implementation of labour export contracts signed with foreign partners have been strictly supervised and managed, addressing difficulties and risks facing labourers.

As many as 2,447 guest workers were sent to foreign markets in 2011-2015, mainly to the Republic of Korea, Japan, Chinese Taiwan and Malaysia. The annual remittances to the locality hit between 200-250 billion VND in the period.

Living standards of workers who return home after completing labour contracts have improved remarkably, contributing to promoting the locality’s socio-economic development.-VNA