Gia Lai urged to work harder to reduce poverty

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai to do more to reduce the rate of poverty, particularly among ethnic minority people.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung addresses the meeting with Gia Lai leaders (Photo: VNA)

At a working session with key provincial leaders on April 12 as part of his trip to attend the second Central Highlands investment promotion conference in Pleiku, Dung said the province should effectively implement the national target programme on building new-style rural areas while assisting locals in developing family-based economies.

The PM suggested that Gia Lai boost agricultural production, and apply scientific advances and new technologies to improve productivity and competitiveness, especially in the coffee, rubber, pepper and animal husbandry sectors.

At the same time, the province needs to improve its investment environment to attract investors into areas with high development potentials, such as the cultivation and processing of industrial crops.

More attention should be paid to improving health care and education services, especially high-quality human resource training to meet development demand, Dung said.

He hailed the province for its achievements over the past years, especially those of last year. The locality enjoyed a GDP growth of 12.9 percent. Annual income per capita reached 26 million VND (1,200 USD) and the rate of poor households fell by 3.82 percent, equivalent to 8,370 households.

Dung and leaders of ministries and central agencies also gave their opinions on Gia Lai’s proposals, including the upgrading of the Pleiku airport terminal and funding for key transport, irrigation and cultural infrastructure projects in the locality.

While in Gia Lai, the PM visited the provincial police and Army Corps 3 High Command.

Source: VNA

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