The event – jointly held by the National Assembly’s Ethnic Council, the Government’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, and the Irish Embassy in Vietnam – aimed to seek out ways to develop human resources amongst ethnic minority communities, thereby helping to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner and boost comprehensive development in the communities.
Among the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam, 53 are minorities with over 13 million people, accounting for 14.6% of the country’s population. There are ethnic communities in 56 of the 63 provinces and cities nationwide.
While 48.6% of ethnic minority people reside in the northern midland and mountainous areas, about 30% also live in northern central, coastal central, and Central Highlands regions.
Participants in the workshop reviewed the situation of minorities’ human resources in terms of their living standards, income, employment opportunities, educational level, occupational skills, engagement in the political system, health and longevity, and marital status.
They also pointed out some of the shortcomings in human resources of ethnic minorities, especially those in border and remote areas, and evaluated existing policies on human resource development in those communities.
The National Assembly and Government is soon to complete its legal framework relating to ethnic minority groups and those in rural, mountainous areas.
They also need to build a master plan for the socio-economic development of ethnic minorities and mountainous areas for 2021-2025, and press ahead with implementing current policies on ethnic minority human resources, including the prioritisation of educational resources and vocational training facilities in ethnic and disadvantaged areas, participants noted.