On September 02, 2016, the Prime Minister signed the Decision No. 1722/QD-TTg on approving the  national  target program for sustainable poverty reduction during 2016 – 2020; with the objectives to achieve sustainable poverty reduction objectives and prevent poverty relapse; make contribution to the economic growth, guarantee social security benefits, improve the life, increase income of people, especially people in poor regions, facilitate the poor and poor households in accessing basic social services…

The Program set the specific objectives such as reduce the rate of poor households nationwide about 1% – 1.5%/year (particularly, reduce the rate of poor districts and communes about 4%/year, and that of poor households in ethnic minority areas about 3% – 4%/year) according to the poverty line by the multidimensional approaching methods employed during 2016 – 2020; improve economic  conditions and the quality of life of the poor, make the per capita income of poor households nationwide increase 1.5 times by 2020 in comparison with that at the end of 2015; make investment in infrastructure to serve the production development and the people’s livelihood in districts/communes/hamlets under the Program in conformity with the residential area planning and production planning for effectively serving the life and production development of people.

The Program’s projects include Investment in infrastructure in poor districts, in extreme difficulty-hit communes in alluvial and coastal regions and on islands; Support for production development, livelihood diversification and development of poverty reduction model in poor  districts and extreme difficulty-hit communes in alluvial and coastal regions and on islands; Support for workers of poor households, nearly poor households and ethnic minority households to work for fixed term abroad…

The Program shall be executed nationwide; resources of  the Program shall be firstly used to make investment in  poor districts/communes. The total expenditure for executing the Program: VND 48,397 billion.

This Decision takes effect on the signing date.