Ho Chi Minh City

Participants urge to improve quality of life in HCMC’s rural areas

In the meeting on government’s rural development plan yesterday, participants said Ho Chi Minh City needs not to “sprint” to achieve the plan by all means but it needs to improve quality of all requirements.

Participants urge to improve quality of life in HCMC’s rural areas

Meeting participants said that carrying out the government’s rural plan is a procedure which needs to focus on its quality rather than follow the crowd to gain the certification by all means.
The procedure would rather be slow and steady and the city should orient towards sustainable growth. In general, all efforts in the process aim to improve the quality of live in countryside areas and locals’ income; people’s satisfaction is the most valuable measure when it comes to the government’s rural development plan.
For years, the movement named “The country builds new rural areas” mobilized many individuals, enterprises and organizations’ contributions. Various practical activities such as building houses and bridges, repairing dilapidated houses and donating land for making roads.
By the end of 2016, HCMC repaired 2,730 houses in outlying districts’ communes. Total spending was nearly VND105 billion ($4.6 million)
As per the plan for the period 2016 - 2020, HCMC continues investing in VND40,600 billion to improve quality of the program. Of the amount, 60 percent comes from contribution from society and enterprises as well as credit program.
It is estimated that HCMC would invest in VND726 billion in each commune.
Like other cities and provinces in the country, HCMC has adopted measures such as technological supports and perfect infrastructure to improve requirements in the plan.
As per road map, 30 communes in HCMC will achieve the government’s rural development plan by 2018; HCMC’s 26 communes and three districts will become new countryside areas in 2019. The city strives to complete the plan in five outlying communes by 2020.

By KY LAM – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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