The honoured businesses included those owned by disabled people who have overcome their disadvantaged consequences to gain success and create jobs for hundreds of other disabled people.

Statistics from the National Committee for Vietnamese Persons with Disabilities show that Vietnam has some eight million disabled people, accounting for 7.8% of population.

To care for disabled people, the Party and State has issued diverse projects and policies to give employment and vocational training to disabled people, encouraging localities to establish and allocate capital for the fund for disabled people.

According to MOLISA, among disabled people receiving employment and vocational training, nearly 41% are assisted with vocational training and employment consultancy, and nearly 18% with training fee exemption or reduction.

In addition, 356 vocational training foundations participate in giving vocational training to tens of thousands of disabled people each year. However, as there has not been strict links between employment service centres and businesses; not many disabled people get stable jobs.

Dao Hong Lan, MOLISA Deputy Minister, said that a majority of disabled people work in the agricultural sector, with unstable earnings and low income.

“As with the influence of ageing population, environmental pollution and climate change, the number of disabled people is likely to increase in the years to come, while they, especially those in remote and natural disaster-affected areas, lead difficult lives,” said Ms Lan.

“Greater efforts are needed to raise disabled people’s living standard, reduce discrimination against disabled people, and increase the ability of foundations assisting disabled people, so that by 2020, 100% of disabled people are able to work and gain vocational skills,” she stressed./.


Compiled by BTA