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11th Congress to lay foundation for modern industrial country

Update: December, 23/2010 - 10:00

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh delivers a speech to close the meeting. — VNA/VNS Xuan Tuan

Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh delivers a speech to close the meeting. — VNA/VNS Xuan Tuan

HA NOI – The 14th meeting of the Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee, 10th tenure, wrapped up in Ha Noi yesterday after 10 days working.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh said officials discussed and endorsed amendments to draft documents put forward by Party congresses, National Assembly deputies, the Fatherland Front, mass organisations, officials, Party members, the people and overseas Vietnamese. The amendments will be submitted to the 11th National Party Congress.

The 11th Congress will open on January 12 to decide the nation's top issues. The five-yearly event will last for nine days.

The suggestions covered a wide range of fields but all were earnest and reflected concerns about the country's renewal and development process. They demonstrate a wish for the Party to be cleaner and stronger and to see the country develop rapidly and sustainably, Manh said.

He went on to say that the meeting discussed the country's renewal process over the last 25 years. Committee members also discussed progress over the last 20 years since the implementation of the 1991 Platform, the socio-economic development strategy that was implemented 10 years ago and the 10th National Party Congress Resolution that was introduced five years ago.

The meeting also looked into strengths and shortcomings of the country's leadership, its performance, lessons learnt, the country's current situation and emerging issues that need to be addressed.

Members also made amendments to set targets, tasks, policies and major solutions, particularly in regard to human resources, social progress, equality, the building of new rural areas, environmental protection, natural disaster prevention and climate change.

They also reviewed ways to combat corruption.

The draft documents to be submitted to the Congress had been completed and were the result of an immense amount of work by the Party and the people, Manh said.

Vice chairman of the CPV's Commission of External Affairs Pham Xuan Son said at a press briefing with heads of diplomatic delegations and international organisations that the congress was a major political event for the Party, State and people of Viet Nam.

The congress will set out to improve the Party's leadership, examine national strengths and lay the foundations for a modern industrial country by 2020.

The Party elites will discuss and approve major documents, including national construction in the transitional period to socialism, the socio-economic development strategy for 2011-20, and a 10th Congress review of targets during the past five years and proposing targets for the next five.

According to Son, about 1,400 delegates representing 3.6 million Party members from both inside and outside Viet Nam will attend.

In the five-year period from 2011-15, Viet Nam will strive for an annual GDP growth rate of 7-8 per cent and per capita income of more than US$2,100 by 2015 – 1.7 times higher than this year.

Son said preparations for the congress were almost complete. Diplomatic delegations and representatives of international organisations in Viet Nam have been invited to attend opening and closing sessions. — VNS

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