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President helps veterans plan 4th national meeting

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President 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.

The association’s 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.

APEC Year reviewed

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 Viet Nam.

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.

Thirdly, Vietnamese nationwide showed their patriotism, national pride and tradition of hospitality and their efforts to promote the country’s crucial foreign affair activities, said Triet.

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 and Party.

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.

At yesterday’s conference, Triet and other State leaders bestowed labour medals to organisations and individuals recognising their work in making the APEC meetings possible. — VNS

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