Accordingly, Vietnam expects to have 60% of its rural communes qualify as new rural areas by the end of 2020. There are at least 15 more district-level units qualified as new rural areas compared to 2019.
At the same time, the programme also aims improve the effectiveness of the implementation of the One Commune - One Product (OCOP) programme, with about 2,400 products qualified for standards of the OCOP.
As of the end of May, the number of communes meeting the criteria of a new rural area stands at 5,177, accounting for 58.2% of the total number of communes, the smallest official administrative unit in Vietnam.
126 districts and towns among the total of 664 across 45 provinces and centrally-governed cities have been recognised as having completed the new rural building programme, with nine having all of their communes meeting the criteria.
The program sets out a number of key tasks as following:
- Reviewing and assessing the current conditions of building new rural in communes, districts
- Finish and submit the plan of building new rural to the Prime Miniters for approval.
- Direct localities to implement 11 components of the Program to complete building new rural, which focus on quality, sustainability, essential infrastructures especially in poor and extremely difficult communes.
- Promote production development under value chain, focusing on implementing and developing the OCOP Program.
- Strengthen the implementation of the project on development of 15,000 effective agricultural cooperatives and unions