Party chief optimistic about national development in 2018
Updated : Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:43 AM (GMT+0700)

PartyGeneral Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has expressed his belief that with newmomentum and under the sound leadership of the Party and the effectivemanagement of the State, the Party, people and army will overcome allchallenges to build a prosperous country.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaks at the meeting - Source: VNA

The Party leader made thestatement at a meeting held on the occasion of the traditional Tet holiday atthe Presidential Palace, Hanoi, on February 13. 

The meeting saw the presenceof incumbent and former Party, State and National Assembly leaders, includingformer Party General Secretaries Le Kha Phieu and Nong Duc Manh, President TranDai Quang, former President Tran Duc Luong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc,National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, former NA ChairmanNguyen Sinh Hung and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front CentralCommittee Tran Thanh Man, among others. 

In his remarks, PartyGeneral Secretary Trong reviewed achievements Vietnam has recorded over thepast year across fields, will all the 13 set targets fulfilled or overfulfilledfor the first time.

He highlighted the country’sGDP growth rate at 6.81 percent, macro-economic stability, curbed inflation andlow budget overspending, adding that the total export-import revenue hit therecord high of 425 billion USD. 

Besides, production andbusiness activities of the industrial, agricultural and service sectors haverecovered and developed, while progresses were seen in tourism, culture, socialaffairs and crime combat, contributing to consolidating political security andensuring social order and safety, the Party chief said. 

He also stressed that 2017is the most successful year in external affairs, citing as examples a range ofevents such as the Vietnam-Laos Solidarity and Friendship Year, theVietnam-Cambodia Friendship Year and APEC Year 2017. 

“We have resolutely andpersistently protected national independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,and ensured political security, social order and safety, and the country’sstrategic interests, while maintaining a peaceful, stable and cooperativeenvironment, maintaining good ties with neighbouring countries and creating afavourable environment for national construction and defence”, he said. 

Such achievements havecontributed to consolidating public trust, promoting patriotism and nationalpride, and bringing the country forwards on the path of Doi Moi, he said,attributing the results to the Party guidelines that meet the people’saspiration, as well as national solidarity and joint efforts and consensus madeby the entire Party, people and army.

The Party leader honouredthe contributions of veteran revolutionaries, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers,officials, Party members, the people, soldiers, and Vietnamese expat. He alsoexpressed thank for the support and cooperation of foreign countries,international organisations and friends. 

The Party leader stressedthat 2018 is a decisive year in implementing the five-year development planfrom 2016-2020. 

He called on the entireParty, people and army to make greater efforts to carry out the tasks set inthe Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress, reminding thatapart from opportunities and favourable conditions, Vietnam is facing multiplenew challenges. 

Accordingly, priority shouldbe given to completing the socialist-oriented market economic institutions,creating more remarkable changes in economic restructuring in combination withgrowth model reform, and improving productivity and economic competitiveness,the Party chief said. 

At the same time, it isnecessary to push forward the fundamental and comprehensive reform of theeducation-training sector, human resources development and scientific-technologicalapplications in order to make the best use of opportunities generated by thefourth industrial revolution, he said. 

The leader listed othertasks like strengthening people-based national defence and public security,intensifying external relations in national defence and security, safeguardingnational security, social order and safety, and fighting plots and sabotagingactivities of hostile forces.

He called for more effortsin building a pure, strong, effective Party and political system, as well asthe resolve to combat corruption, wastefulness and other bad deeds, in order toconsolidate public trust in the Party and State. 

Hosts and guests raisedtoasts to the success of the nation’s revolutionary cause, the growth of theParty, prosperity of the country and happiness of the people.


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