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Viet Nam takes the lead on millennium goals

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Viet Nam has achieved or exceeded most of the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) ahead of the 2015 deadline, says a government report that was publicised today before the MDG Summit in New York next week.

"Viet Nam has made very impressive progress towards achieving the MDGs," said the United Nations Resident Coordinator John Hendra said.

The report, prepared by the Planning and Investment Ministry, indicates that Viet Nam has been successful in poverty reduction, improving universal primary education, gender equality and empowering women, child mortality reduction, improving maternal health, and controlling malaria and other epidemics.

Viet Nam, along with Ghana, were the top performers in cutting poverty and improving living standards, according to a report released earlier this week by the UK's Overseas Development Institute, the AFP reports.

The UN coordinator called the country a 'world leader' in poverty reduction. Viet Nam managed to halve the number of people living on less than one dollar a day in 2002. The country's poverty rate fell from 58 percent in 1993 to 14.5 percent in 2008, according to Viet Nam's national MDG report.

"Viet Nam has moved from being one of the poorest countries to becoming a lower-middle income nation. Along with economic development, the Government has paid special attention to poverty reduction," said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh.

In the first quarter of this year, the American market imported 12,000 tonnes of tra fish products from Viet Nam, a 2.5-fold increase over the same period last year.

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