Third congress of Hanoi’s ethnic minority groups opens (22:37 05/10/2019)

HNP - The third congress of Hanoi’s ethnic minority groups in 2019 officially opened on October 3 with the participation of 241 delegates representing more than 108.000 ethnic minority people citywide. 

Delegates attend the congress.

The event saw the attendance of members of the Party Central Committee (PCC): Minister and Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs Do Van Chien, Standing Deputy Head of the PCC’s Commissions for Communication and Education Vo Van Phuong, and representatives of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, ministries and sectors.
Among Hanoi leaders were former Politburo member, former Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Pham Quang Nghi; PCC member, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang; PCC member, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung; Chairwoman of the municipal Fatherland Front Committee Nguyen Lan Huong; Head of the municipal Party Committee’s Commission for Ofganization Vu Duc Bao; Head of the municipal Party Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilization Nguyen Thi Tuyen; Standing Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu. 
The congress attracts the participation of 241 delegates.
Speaking at the congress, Standing Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu affirmed that the third congress of the city’s ethnic minority groups is a symbol of the power of the National Unity Bloc. It is among practical events to welcome all-level Party assemblies towards the 17th National Party Congress. 
Suu requested every delegate to increase their responsibilities, promote the democracy and creativity to carry out programs set for the congress, making contribution to the event’s success. 
Hanoi leaders visit the exhibition.
Giving a brief report at the congress, Head of Hanoi City’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs Nguyen Tat Vinh said that he ethnic minority population of Hanoi totals 107,847, with 57.7% from the Muong group, 17.8% Tay, 6.6% Thai, 5.85% Nung, 4.32% Thai and the remainder from 45 other ethnic groups. About 55,000 people, or 51% of the ethnic minority population, live in big communities in 14 communes of five districts, while the others are scattered in all 30 districts of the city.
Over the past years, Hanoi has consistently implemented policies for ethnic affairs, and attained the remarkable achievements in all social fields. Mountainous communes with large ethnic minority communities posted an average economic growth rate of 12%. Per capita income reached around VND35 million (over US$1,500).
In 2018, the rate of poor households in ethnic minority areas dropped to 3.7%, and the figure is estimated to fall to 3% by the end of 2019; 7 out of 14 communes with ethnic minority groups fulfilled all new style rural area criteria; 100% of local households have access to national power grid; 53.22% of schools met national standards; all 14 communes fulfilled national standards for healthcare; 100% of poor and near-poor households in mountainous and ethnic minority areas were provided health insurance card, among others. 
The outcomes for the 2014-2019 period have contributed to narrowing the gap between mountainous and ethnic minority areas and other localities. 
The report also pointed out shortcomings and weaknesses during the implementation of ethnic policies. The economic growth rate in those areas remains low; the economic restructuring process is slow and unstable; and their potential in agri-forestry-husbandry is yet to be fully tapped.
Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Nguyen Duc Chung speaks at the event.
Addressing the event, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said that the congress is a chance to honor contributions of the capital’s ethnic minority groups to the cause of national construction and defense.
According to him, in the 2013-2015 period, the city allocated   VND837.5 billion (around US$36.2 million at current exchange rate) to implement 105 projects. In the next five-year period, Hanoi spent VND1 trillion on 69 projects in socio-economic development projects in mountainous and ethnic minority areas. By now the municipal budget has disbursed VND850 billion for the projects. 
However, Chung pointed to the striking problems facing the ethnic areas, and underlined the need to continue launching patriotic emulation movements associated with the campaign “Studying and following President Ho Chi Minh’s thought, moral and style”; and encourage ethnic minorities to carry out the Party’s policies and State laws.
The official urged  to implement programs and plans on socio-economic development, poverty reduction and narrowing the gap between mountainous areas and other localities; mobilizing all sources for socio-economic development in 14 ethnic minority communes for the 2019-2020 period; and preserving and promoting the cultural identity of ethnic minority groups.
Chung also requested units to encourage ethnic minorities to positively take part in mass movements to guarantee national security and defense, and combat crimes, contributing to successfully implement the Party’s guidelines and State policies. 
On the occasion, the Organizing Board commended 29 collectives and 75 individuals making significant contributions to thy.

By Tran Huong

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