Bac Kan demand on cooperation and support of HEDO
Speech by Mr. Ha Van Phung - Secretary of Party Committee,
Bac Kan province on 28th March 2000.
Dear Director and HEDO leaders,
I have the honor to attend 10th Anniversary of HEDO
foundation and Seminar on "Education - Science - Health Development
and Poverty Abolition in Ethnic Highland regions". On this
occasion, allowed me on behalf of the poor and miserable people
to express warmest congratulation to HEDO for its assistance and
concern to the poor, wish HEDO further develop and success.
Separated from Bac Thai - Cao Bang, Bac Kan is a highland province,
70% of its communes constitutes especially difficult areas. Bac
Kan is the poorest province out of 61 provinces in the whole country.
Their infrastructure underdeveloped, economies slowly grown up,
many social evils unsettled.
After splitting from Bac Thai (1st October 1997), the
ethnic group in Bac Kan have made great effort and recorded encouraging
results. Social economic structure has been improved, production
considerably increased, some social problems have been effectively
resolved. After 2 years, in December 1998, Bac Kan was recognized
a free-illiteracy province, and primary education generalization.
The education movement in ethnic people sluggish for many years
now recovered, the school students grow up in number. The school
year 1997 - 1998, there are 2,310 students compared with 2,679 students
every ten thousand people in 1991 - 2000. The income has gone up
to 500,000 VND per capita; 70 kg per capita of food, ratio of poverty
reduces to 14%.
Our people are aware of the spirit of self-reliance, not passive
and dependent. However, due to the low-level living standard, and
always faces with difficulties in climate, weather, in the near
future, we need more assistance and support from outside, including
HEDO, a good friend of us.
For the ethnic people, our demand is great and multi-purposed,
but the most important is the experience in organization and development
of which HEDO have advantageous position. We look forward to HEDO
continue to cooperate and support people in the field of education
development, vocational training, personnel training, transfer of
science and technology, hunger abolition and poverty reduction,
Wish you good health. Wish Director and leader board of HEDO more
success in humanitarian works with the ethnic and highland people.