THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 16/2003/CT-TTg
Hanoi, June 18, 2003
 DIRECTIVE
ENHANCING THE MANAGEMENT, DIRECTION AND ORGANIZATION OF IMPLEMENTATION OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN COMMUNES MEETING WITH EXCEPTIONAL DIFFICULTIES IN MOUNTAINOUS AREAS INHABITED BY ETHNIC MINORITY PEOPLE, BORDER AREAS AS WELL AS DEEP-LYING AND REMOTE AREAS (PROGRAM 135)
Over the past years, the ministries, branches and localities have actively directed and organized the implementation of Program 135. The Program has yielded important results, thus contributing to socio-economic development, enhancing unity among ethnic groups, strengthening defense, maintaining political security as well as social order and safety in communes meeting with exceptional difficulties in mountainous areas inhabited by ethnic minority people, border areas as well as deep-lying and remote areas of the country.
However, the implementation of the Program has still revealed some shortcomings: the investment in performing the 5 tasks of the Program has not yet been synchronous, largely in the task of infrastructure construction, while other tasks of the Program have not yet been given due attention; there have been various investment resources in the same locality but the management and incorporation thereof is still limited; not a few localities still heavily rely on and wait for investment capital from the central budget. Major principles for managing the Program have not yet been fully observed. The direction, examination and urging by ministries, central branches and Peoples Committees of all levels for the Program implementation in localities have been carried out irregularly and unstrictly, thus yielding incomprehensive and unsteady results.