PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the event (Source:VNA) 

 

Hanoi (VNA) – A programme broadcast
on Vietnam Television linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with the theme
“Joining hands for the Poor – Leaving no one behind” took place in Hanoi on
October 15. 



The event was in response to the Month for
the Poor (October 17 – November 18) launched by the Prime Minister.



Speaking at the event, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc
said the Party and State have paid special attention to poverty reduction over
the past 72 years.



The country now has more than 1.9 million
poor households, 1.3 million of which need assistance in housing, education,
vocational training and livelihoods, particularly those living in remote,
mountainous and disaster-prone areas, he said.



The leader added that the Party and State aim
to reduce poor households nationwide by 1-1.5 percent annually and fulfill
goals set in the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030. The
government will also continue with the national target programme on sustainable
poverty reduction and new rural construction.



He took the occasion to call on people
nationwide to join hands for the poor. The PM also expressed his wish to
receive support from individuals and organisations at home and abroad for the
efforts.



Participants also responded to the text
messaging campaign “For the Vietnamese Poor 2017” launched by the Ministry of
Information and Communications.



President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)
Central Committee Tran Thanh Man said businesses, units, foreign organisations
and Vietnamese nationals abroad donated more than 13.4 trillion VND to the “For
the Poor” fund and more than 36.21 trillion VND to local social welfare programmes.



In collaboration with local authorities, the
VFF Central Committee built over 1.4 million charity houses for poor households
and assisted millions of poor families with production materials and welfare
works.



Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh municipal Party
Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, former President of the VFF Central Committee, shared
his memories about supporting the poor.



On the occasion, individuals and
organisations provided 284 billion VND to “For the Poor” fund.



The organising board also displayed products
made by the poor in the two cities.-VNA