10 May 2009

Vietnam: Internet improves rural lives

Project brings 10,000 online in remote areas.

An estimated 10,000 people in rural areas of three provinces will have better access to the internet with the implementation of a US$2.1 million project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Work on the project was kicked off by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) on Monday. It is hoped better internet access could help farmers.

"Bringing internet to rural areas will be of great importance to help erase the gap between these areas and urban areas, as well as help changing the life of people living here," said Deputy Minister of MIC Tran Duc Lai.

This project, along with other programmes of the Government to bring IT to rural areas, aims to help eliminate factors which contribute to poverty.

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