Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien had a working session with French Minister of Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine during her visit to France from 16-18 May.
Hanoi will provide VND3.6 trillion (US$189 million) to preserve and develop craft villages over 2010-2015 to preserve traditional craft villages, develop tourism and build new ones while ensuring the environment is protected.
The city will prioritise 25 traditional villages that are under threat of falling beyond repair and that need to be restored and preserved.
They include Dong My lacquer village, Dai Ang conical hat village, Nghia Do “sac” paper village, Van Canh “do” paper village and Ngu Xa copper casting village.
The project will help to develop tourism at craft villages, assist family households to maintain their production for tourist purposes, provide finance for vocational training and encourage the production of high quality handicrafts.
The city is also paying more attention to developing new craft villages to help generate jobs and increase local residents incomes.
In order to attract investment to preserve craft villages, Hanoi will grant soft loans to businesses for a duration of 3-5 years, to help them to promote their trade marks and promote craft villages in the city.
Setting up and developing the sale of crafts in domestic and foreign markets with a focus on linking up with supermarkets and trade centres and assisting craft villages to boost exports will be also be conducted.
In order to avoid pollution, the city will encourage craft businesses to move to industrial complexes and help businesses to upgrade their equipment.
At present, Hanoi has almost 1,350 craft villages, making up 59 percent of the country’s total, that provide jobs for over 626,000 people, with an annual average income of VND13.1 million per person.
In 2009, Hanoi’s craft villages earned VND7.65 trillion ($402 million), equal to 8.4 percent of the city’s industrial production value.
According to the Hanoi Centre for Industrial Promotion and Consultancy, despite the assistance to help traditional craft villages in Hanoi , they have encountered many problems.
In order to promote Hanoi’s craft villages, a festival “Thang Long-Hanoi craft villages and streets” will be held in Hanoi between September 16-21.