HA NOI — A meeting to commemorate the 100th birthday of late President Vo Chi Cong was held yesterday in Tam Ky, the provincial capital of Quang Nam, with current President Truong Tan Sang and other senior leaders in attendance.
Sang addressed the meeting, reviewing Cong's contributions to the nation's war of national salvation and reconstruction, particularly the process of doi moi (renewal).
Cong was born on August 7, 1912, into a patriotic intellectual family in Khuong My village, Tam Xuan Commune, Nui Thanh District, central Quang Nam Province. Throughout his revolutionary activities, in whatever position he was assigned, Cong set a bright example for others, and his comrades and fellow countrymen considered him a talented leader, Sang said.
Following the liberation of South Viet Nam and national unification in 1975, Cong was appointed to a number of important positions in the Party and Government. He was a member of the Politburo, a Party Central Committee Secretary, an advisor to the Party Central Committee and a deputy to the 6th, 7th and 8th National Assemblies.
His most notable contribution during the period was the introduction of the farming contract in agriculture, an idea described as an important breakthrough in the renewal process.
"He was an excellent disciple of President Ho Chi Minh," Sang said. "He devoted his heart and soul to the nation and was a loyal servant to the people."
Cong received the Gold Star Order, the 70-year Party badge and many other noble orders and medals. He died on September 8, 2011, at the age of 99.
Sang and the other senior leaders also joined local officials yesterday in lighting incense at Cong's memorial site.
Yesterday morning, delegations of the Party, the Viet Nam Fatherland Front and the Viet Nam Youth Union also paid tributes at the Region 5 historical site in Song Tra Commune, Hiep Duc District, Quang Nam Province, where Cong served as Secretary of the region's Party Committee during the American War in the period following the Paris Peace Accords, playing a role in the end of the war in southern Viet Nam. The site was the venue of a number of important meetings held to plan the 1975 General Spring Offensive to liberate South Viet Nam. — VNS