13th National Party Congress: Stepping up renewal process, rapid and sustainable national development

08:00 | 27/01/2021 Events

The 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam officially opened at the National Convention Centre in the capital city of Hanoi on the morning of January 26.

Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong

Outstanding imprints create new impetus, enthusiasm

The 1,587 delegates in attendance represent more than 5.1 million Party members nationwide, with the figure being 80 delegates more than at the 12th National Party Congress and the highest number ever.

At the opening ceremony, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also head of the subcommittee in charge of documents, presented the 12th-tenure Party Central Committee’s report on documents submitted to the 13th National Party Congress, focusing on a number of common and basic issues that clear up the major content and important highlights for the congress to consider, discuss, and give decisive opinions.

Looking back on the 12th tenure and 35 years of the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) process, the Party General Secretary said that, over the last five years, grasping the advantages and opportunities, and overcoming the challenges and hardships, particularly the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, the entire Party, people, and army have upheld a spirit of patriotism, solidarity, determination, mettle, and creativeness to work relentlessly and gain a number of very important and comprehensive achievements. Thanks to such efforts, the country has witnessed robust and sustainable growth with heightened trust among the people in the Party, State, and the socialist regime.

The 13th National Party Congress' motto: “Solidarity – Democracy – Discipline – Creativeness – Development” - Photo: VGP

Vietnam’s economic growth has averaged 5.9% annually, with improved growth quality, a stable macro-economy, inflation kept under control and at a low level, and strengthened financial and State budget discipline.

Total investment has been spurred by enhanced effectiveness, while Vietnam’s trade balance has improved with growing export value. The country has also been promoting economic restructuring and renewing the growth model, while improving the business climate and boosting the scale and competitiveness of the economy.

The country’s political and social stability has been maintained, while living standards of people have been improved, and progress has been seen in social welfare, healthcare, education and training, science and technology, environmental protection, culture, and human development during the period.

Particular attention has been paid to the building and rectification of the Party and the political system in all areas, from politics, ideology, and ethics, to personnel. Supervisory efforts and the fight against corruption and waste have been accelerated, resulting in breakthroughs and real outcomes. Legal proceedings and trials have been launched for a large number of major economic and corruption cases, which have been handled vigorously as a warning to others. These moves have received broad support and appreciation from officials, Party members and people.

Politburo member and Standing member of the PCC Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong - Photo: VGP

Despite the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam still recorded significant achievements in 2020 that were even more special than in the previous years thanks to its outstanding efforts. While the global economy experienced negative growth of nearly 4%, Vietnam still posted positive growth of 2.91%, making it one of the world’s economies with the highest growth rates.

Vietnam has been regarded by the international community as a bright spot in completing the dual goals of containing the pandemic and recovering the economy.

The Party chief stressed that results gained during the past five years are of special significance as they have not only created milestones but also contributed to consolidating confidence and giving new momentum, enthusiasm to the entire Party, people, and army to firmly overcome all difficulties and challenges and optimise the opportunities and advantages to bring the country into a new stage of development.

Comprehensively and synchronously stepping up the renewal process, rapid and sustainable national development

Regarding orientations and missions for the 13th term and subsequent years, the Party General Secretary emphasised that the entire Party, people, and army should thoroughly grasp such directions as being steadfast in applying and developing Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thought, towards the goal of national independence and socialism, in the Party’s renewal guidelines and in Party building principles; and ensuring the highest national interests based on the basic principles of international law, and fair and win-win cooperation to build and safeguard the socialist Vietnamese Fatherland.

This is a matter of principle and is crucial for the country’s regime, and a firm foundation for the Party, which cannot be swung by anyone, he stressed.

The country’s overall development strategy focuses on speeding up the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) process in a comprehensive and synchronous manner, boosting rapid and sustainable development, ensuring strong cohesion and implementing all tasks, with socio-economic expansion playing the core role, Party building being a key matter, cultural development being the moral foundation, and the safeguarding of national defence and security being a central and ongoing task.

Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc - Photo: VGP

The awakening of people’s patriotism, national self-resiliency, and strength of great national solidarity as well as the desire for a prosperous and happy nation is an important source of momentum and a resource for growth, along with the promotion of the strength of the entire political system as well as the culture and people of Vietnam, encouraging renovation and the application of science and technology, especially the achievements of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

Meanwhile, a decisive element in the success of national construction, development, and defence is to continue to strengthen the building and rectification of the Party, and enhance the leadership and ruling capacity as well as the combat strength of the Party.

The general development goal for the 2021-2025 period and following years is improving the leadership and ruling capacity and the combativeness of the Party; building a pure and comprehensively strong Party and political system; reinforcing people’s trust in the Party, State and socialism; sparking the desire to develop a prosperous and happy nation with the promotion of the will and strength from the national great solidarity bloc in combination with the power of the era; comprehensively accelerating the cause of renewal, industrialisation, and modernisation; constructing and firmly safeguarding the Fatherland, firmly maintaining a peaceful and stable environment; and striving to turn Vietnam into a socialist-oriented developed country by the middle of the 21st century.

Highlighting the major orientations in important development issues for the country over the next 10 years, the Party General Secretary underlined that the 13th tenure is an important landmark and transitional step, laying the foundation for following tenures to successfully realise the goals included in the national development strategy to 2030 and a vision to 2045.