Second national congress of ethnic minority groups opens

The second national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups opened in Hanoi with the participation of nearly 1,600 delegates.

Prominent guests at the event were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

In his opening remarks, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Bình, head of the steering board for the congress, said the event is a vivid illustration for the solidarity of ethnic groups across the nation.

The congress is an opportunity for the party and state to grasp the ethnic minority people’s thought and expectations, thus creating consensus and strong belief in society in the leadership of the party and state on the threshold of the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, he stressed.Delivering the congress’s draft political report, Minister – Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Do Van Chien underlined the standout achievements of the ethnic work since the first congress in 2010, including improved local livelihoods, more sustainable poverty reduction as well as better healthcare, education and security.

Particularly, ethnic minority people’s confidence in the party and state’s leadership has been consolidated, helping strengthen the national solidarity, he stressed.

But Chien said the work still showed several limitations such as still high rates of poor and near poor households, the existence

of backward and superstitious practices in some localities, and deforestation for construction of hydropower plants that causes flooding and landslides in mountainous areas. — Vietnam News/ANN

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