Sci-tech solution to development of ethnic-populated areas: Deputy PM

Science and technology is the solution to developing areas populated by ethnic minority groups, said Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at a conference in Hanoi on July 14.

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh

At the event that reviewed a national sci-tech programme on ethnic affairs, concerning such development, Binh highlighted the need to consider ethnic cultural identity, knowledge, and traditions as well as socio-economic growth, and ensuring defence-security its targets.

The implementation of the Party’s policy on ethnic affairs is key to its success, he affirmed.

Listing a host of measures including training of youth and scientific and technological application, he said they will equip ethnic people with new skills and effective business methods.

While many of ethnic-populated areas have seen scientific and technological advances applied in the local life and businesses, others still face high poverty rate and a lack of conditions for such application, Binh said.

Beginning in 2015, the national programme that is worth VND 176.1 billion (US$ 7.67 million) has to date carried out 51 tasks.

In the 2016 – 2020 period, it built 2,324 application and technological transfer models that are suitable to 34 provinces and cities with ethnic population. As a result, over 7,000 jobs were created; 1,106 new technologies transferred; close to 3,500 public personnel and technicians and 45,328 farmers trained.