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Creating sustainable and multi-value space for the countryside

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29 May 2023, VN: Minister Le Minh Hoan said that new rural construction is not only about criteria and works, but must also create sustainable and multi-valued space.

On May 8, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly, Colonel General Tran Quang Phuong – Head of the Monitoring Delegation “Implementation of the National Assembly’s Resolutions on the National Target Program on New rural construction in the 2021 – 2025 period; Sustainable poverty reduction in the 2021-2025 period; Socio-economic development in ethnic minority and mountainous areas in the 2021-2030 period” chaired the meeting between the Monitoring Delegation and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

On the side of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister Le Minh Hoan, Deputy Minister Tran Thanh Nam as well as leaders and officials of a number of related units attended the meeting.

Creating sustainable space

Giving a general assessment of the national target programs (NTPs), the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly said that all three programs are being implemented in the right direction and have had certain results, but problems still exist. During the implementation period of the three NTPs, the system of guiding and directing documents is still lacking and overlapping, causing confusion in localities. Resource allocation and disbursement are not up to expectation, so Colonel General Tran Quang Phuong called for the search for new approaches soon to not generate bad debt.

In line with the comments of the Head of the Monitoring Delegation, Minister Le Minh Hoan said that the process of new rural construction should not only focuses on hardware but also on the works born from the disbursement process. “The goal of building new countryside is to develop culture, environment, historical values, and improve the lives of people in rural areas. We need to create more jobs to make people feel attached to the countryside”.

Remove the bottleneck

Regarding the underperformance in the process of implementing the NTPs, Minister Le Minh Hoan said that the situation is within the MARD’s expectations, but joining all three of the NTPs has unintentionally led to certain problems.

The leader of the agriculture sector emphasized the need to improve the capacity of the program implementation team. “There are many times when the training is completed, but there is a change in local personnel. On the other hand, when being given the right, many localities lack the ability to well-implement the NTPs, leading to frequent re-questioning to higher levels”. Minister Le Minh Hoan hoped that localities would contribute more initiatives, encouraging grassroots levels to promote creativity, dynamism, and proactively mobilize social resources in the process of new rural construction.

At the meeting, the MARD Minister also mentioned his vision for building a project to promote the multi-use value of the forest ecosystem. From his point of view, this is an opportunity to create more jobs and new livelihoods for farmers in rural areas. “Localities need more substantive and specific approaches to effectively create an interactive channel with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development”.

Well-organized, synchronous programs with a new vision

After listening to the exchange of ideas, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Quang Phuong said that the opinions raised by the meeting attendees were all valid and thoughtful. He highly evaluated the preparation of the MARD while working with the Monitoring Delegation.

Concerning the National Target Program on New rural construction in the 2021 – 2025 period, the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly considered this a large-scale program with ample difficulties because despite the implementation team’s experience, every new period calls for a new approach.

To solve the remaining problems, he suggested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as related ministries and branches conduct a deep analysis on the causes of the delay, lack, overlap or cònusion for localities to implement, thereby finding appropriate solutions, especially in the process of policy coordination

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