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Former PM Phan Văn Khải dies, aged 85

Update: March, 17/2018 - 09:58
Former Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải - VNA/VNS Photo
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HÀ NỘI —  Former Politburo member and former Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải passed away at 1:30 on Saturday in Củ Chi District, HCM City, aged 85, according to the Board of health care services for senior officials. 

Phan Văn Khải was born on December 25, 1933 in Củ Chi District, HCM City. 

As one of the high-ranking Party and State leaders in the first phase of the country’s Đổi mới (Renewal) and nation-building cause, PM Khải was active and determined to build the institution under the spirit of renewal to utilise the capacity of all economic sectors, especially the private one, together with opening the door to the world and integrating internationally. 

During his nearly two working terms as the PM, fundamental laws in the first phase of the Renewal and door-opening process were built. 

The Government chaired by PM Khải was marked by the issuance of the Business Law, the annulment of hundreds of licences, the involvement in many tough talks to negotiate Việt Nam’s admission to the World Trade Organization (WTO), and more. 

The Party and State have presented PM Khải the Gold Star Order and the 55-year Party Membership Badge (2014), in recognition of his dedications to the country’s revolutionary cause. —  VNS

 

Biography of former Prime Minister Phan Văn Khải

Phan Văn Khải was born on December 25, 1933 in Củ Chi, HCM City. He became a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam on July 15, 1959. 

He studied foreign languages and economics in Moscow, former Soviet Union (Russia now) from 1959-1965, then worked in the General Affairs Department of the State Planning Committee from 1965 to 1971 with the highest position as head of the office. 

From 1972-1975, he was a researcher of the southern economy. In the period, he was sent to the southern battlefield and then served as deputy head of the Government's National Reunification Committee. 

From 1976-1984, Khải was Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Planning Committee, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of HCM City, member of the city’s Party Committee. 

From 1985 to March 1989, he served as a member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee and Chairman of the city People’s Committee. 

From April 1989 to August 1991, he was a member of the Party Central Committee and Chairman of the State Planning Committee. 

From July 1991 to August 1997, Khải was a Politburo member and served as Vice Chairman of the Council of Ministers, and Permanent Deputy Prime Minister. 

Khải took the office of the Prime Minister from September 1997 to June 2006. 

He was a National Assembly deputy of the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th tenures, and a member of the Politburo in the 7th, 8th and 9th tenures. 

He was conferred with the Gold Star Order and the 55-year Party membership badge.

 

 

 

 

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