helps veterans plan 4th national meeting
|President Nguyen Minh
Triet met with the Central Committee of the Viet Nam Veterans
Association yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI – President
Nguyen Minh Triet held a working session yesterday with the Central Committee of
the Viet Nam Veterans Association in preparation for the association’s
upcoming 4th National Congress later this year.
Triet said the association
had made many contributions and had earned the respect of both veterans and the
public at large, and he said he believed that the association would further
develop its role in the future.
During its 18 years in
existence, the association had been very effective and done much to fulfill its
mission from the Party and State to help build the great solidarity of the
entire nation, Triet said.
mission was to educate youth about patriotism and the revolutionary tradition;
fight the fabrications of hostile forces; and help veterans contribute to the
nation’s social, cultural and economic development.
Triet urged the
association to take greater efforts to help eradicate hunger and alleviate
poverty, fight corruption and social evils, and improve the effectiveness of its
chapters in remote and isolated areas.
Since established in 1989,
the association’s chapters have expanded from urban to rural areas and now
exist in administrative offices, enterprises, schools and hospitals around the
country, and in more than 20 ministries and departments. It now numbers nearly
17,000 chapters and 2.2 million members.
Also yesterday, President
Triet attended a conference in Ha Noi to review Viet Nam’s participation in
various events as part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) together
with other high-ranking officials.
In his speech delivered at
the conference, Triet, the chairman of the 14th APEC Economic Leaders’
Meeting, lauded the National Committee for its efforts in APEC events as well as
ministries, agencies and individuals for their contributions to the success of
the APEC meetings in 2006.
He stressed it was a major
task that the country took on with the international community watching.
Triet pointed out several
successes that came out of the nation’s contributions to APEC in 2006.
Firstly, the conference’s
success helped Viet Nam become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
and promoted the United States to approve Permanent Normal Trade Relations with
As an active member of
APEC, the nation affirmed its responsibility and prestige as part of the
organisation and international community, in general. One example is the support
from many other Asian countries for Viet Nam’s bid to become a non-permanent
member of the United Nations Security Council in 2008 and 2009.
Triet said 2006 marked a
brilliant victory for Viet Nam’s foreign affairs and it was a milestone in the
country’s global integration.
Secondly, the event’s
success and outstanding achievements in foreign relations helped consolidate the
people’s firm belief in the Party’s leadership, he said.
The victory also proved
the maturity of Viet Nam’s political system, management capacity and economic
potentials as well as the competence of local cadres and enterprises.
nationwide showed their patriotism, national pride and tradition of hospitality
and their efforts to promote the country’s crucial foreign affair activities,
The president said he
expects agencies and authorities will continue to uphold Viet Nam’s
achievements in APEC to successfully reach socio-economic targets and implement
the national industrialisation and modernisation plan as devised by the State
Foreign Deputy Minister Le
Cong Phung said although the country organised some major international
conferences last year, hosting the APEC meeting was on a much larger scale.
The conference featured
150 events throughout the year and attracted the largest number of delegates to
visit Viet Nam at one time.
The country also welcomed
official visits from five heads of state during APEC Week from November 12 to
19, said Phung.
conference, Triet and other State leaders bestowed labour medals to
organisations and individuals recognising their work in making the APEC meetings
possible. — VNS