|Leaders of the Party and State, and delegates cast their vote on members of the 12th Party Central Committee. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The list of newly-elected members of the 12th Party Central Committee was announced this afternoon at a plenary session of the 12th National Party Congress.
The Congress has approved the voting results for the new Party Central Committee, which has 200 members, including 180 official members and 20 alternate ones.
Nguyen Phu Trong, Party General Secretary in the 11th tenure, is among the 180 official members.
Readers can see the full list of PCC members here.
The afternoon working session took place under the leadership of Politburo member and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.
Politburo member and Secretary of the Party Central Committee Dinh The Huynh, who is also head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education, presented a report on acquiring delegates' feedback on the Congress's draft documents.
Draft documents submitted to Congress continued to stress the development of science and technology as the most important driving force for economic growth, environmental protection and strengthened defence and security.
Discussing the content, Nguyen Viet Dung, Director of HCM City's Department of Science and Technology, underscored two new points compared to previous documents.
First, investment in technology development and application must come before everything else in all sectors and agencies, Dung said. The other point is that all resources should be mobilised apart from the State budget, and thus it is necessary to have more policies to encourage social investment in the field.
Among measures put forth by the draft for promoting technology development and application, the official took note of the solution on building scientific-technological organisations using advanced models and suitable operation mechanisms, as well as boosting international co-operation and completing relevant legal frameworks on innovation and start-up activities.
Foreign media interest
Nearly 150 reporters from more than 20 overseas press agencies have registered to report on the Congress.
Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education Nguyen The Ky, who is also Director of the Congress's Press Centre, said major foreign press agencies such as the AP, AFP, Reuters, ITAR-TASS, Xinhua News Agency, China People's Daily, China Central Television and Al Jazeera TV channel of Qatar had sent their reporters to the event.
Tan Qiuyi, a reporter from Singapore's Channel NewsAsia, said she arrived here with another colleague and a cameraman.
The reporter said this was the first time she had reported news on Viet Nam's National Party Congress, adding that she had used her limited Vietnamese to interview delegates so as to have the latest and most accurate information about the event.
Luke Vargas, a reporter from the US-based Talk Media News, praised the well-equipped Press Centre and said he planned to question a number of delegates about Viet Nam's foreign policies stated in the Congress's Resolution and other documents, which are of concern to Talk Media News readers.
He voiced his hope that he would soon return to Viet Nam to cover other events in the country.
According to Ky, foreign reporters' participation is a testament to the international interest in Viet Nam, especially the 12th National Party Congress.
Viet Nam always keeps its door open to foreign friends and believes that the overseas press will report with honesty and fairness about the country, the official said. — VNS