Over the years, the Party and State have paid special attention to socio-economic development and improving the material and spiritual lives of ethnic groups, as well as strengthening national unity, Hoang Thi Hanh, Deputy Minister, Vice Chairwoman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Minorities, said at a press conference on November 17.

The November 17 press coference on the second national congress of Vietnamese ethnic minority groups

Since the first congress in 2010, the socio-economic situation of ethnic minorities has improved, she said.

The second congress aims to spotlight and recognize contributions by ethnic minority communities in poverty reduction, new-style rural area building, infrastructure development, implementing ethnic policies, national construction and defense and international integration in the 2010-20 period, said Hanh.

Participants will focus on reviewing the implementation of policies on ethnic affairs and relevant works in the last decade, towards perfecting ethnic policies.

The congress will also honor outstanding organizations and individuals who made important contributions to patriotic movements and development in ethnic minority-inhabited areas from 2010-2020.

The event is expected to serve as a venue for exchange and experience sharing, contributing to promoting unity among ethnic groups.

Sideline events such as an incense-offering ceremony at Hung Kings Temple in Phu Tho province, a visit to President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace, an exhibition displaying photos and cultural products, and an art performance program will be arranged around the congress.

Source: VNA