Steadfast with consistent ideals

February 01, 2021 | 08:00
The 13th National Party Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam is taking place in Hanoi. The following is an excerpt of the keynote speech from Party General Secretary, State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the congress’ opening ceremony.
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Party General Secretary, State President Nguyen Phu Trong, photo VNA

The 13th National Party Congress tenure is a major milestone and very important transition, laying firm groundwork to the next tenures to successfully accomplishing the national development strategy until 2030 with a vision to 2045.

Promoting the whole nation’s will and strength and the consensus of the will of the Party and heart of the people, we resolutely implement the system of tasks and solutions advanced by the documents at the 13th National Party Congress, in order to take the country to a new development period with the following focuses.

We will continue boosting the construction and reorganisation of the Party and building of the socialist-oriented law-governed state and the sturdy and spotless political system.

It is necessary to harmoniously, closely, and effectively combine the construction and reorganisation of the Party, between the construction and protection of the Party. Efforts are to be made to continuously raise the capacity and renew the leadership method of the Party in the new condition.

The Party must be further constructed politically, and great importance must be given to building the Party ideologically. We must be steadfast with the Marxism-Leninism and the Ho Chi Minh ideology, while being consistent in the goal of national independence and socialism, and in the doi moi policy with the serious implementation of the Party’s organisational and operational principles.

It is needed to increase education on the Party and the nation’s cultural tradition, history, and glorious revolution, and continuously improve the political ideological competence for cadres and Party members, while frequently fighting and staying conspiracies and sabotaging activities of reactionary and hostile forces, and protecting the Party’s ideological foundations.

A focus is also placed on constructing the Party in ethics, and actively preventing and combating bureaucracy, corruption, and negative phenomena; while pushing back effectively the depressions in political ideology, ethics, lifestyle, and manifestations of “self-evolution” and “self-transformation”.

Besides that, the focus is also laid on studying and following the ideology, ethics, and Ho Chi Minh style, while promoting the responsibility of setting examples of cadres and Party members under the motto that high positions mean high exemplariness.

It is necessary to strongly and effectively renew the growth model and restructure the economy, and boost industrialisation and modernisation based on science and technology, innovation, and high-quality human resources. We have to construct and improve the institution for the socialist-oriented market economy in a sufficient, modern, and integrative manner.

We also have to build a national modern strong industrial sector featured by fundamental industries and pivotal industries in connection with smart technology. Vietnamese businesses are encouraged to develop new and modern industrial sectors.

Agriculture must be further restructured, and the rural economy must be developed in association with new rural development. Services sectors’ quality must be improved, with priorities to be placed on the sectors with big potential and advantages, while importance is attached to services supporting industrial and agricultural development.

It is needed to quicken and effectively conduct state budget restructuring, manage the public debt safety, and boost restructuring of public investment, credit institutions, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), and ensure macroeconomic stability.

A focus must be put on taking sturdy solutions to soon perfecting the socialist-oriented market economy institution. There must be better resolution of the relations between the state, the market and the society, and between the state, enterprises, and people. Obstructions against national development, particularly those on institution and policy, must be removed.

There is a need to synchronously develop and closely connect areas, regions, economic sectors, and business and production forms; to accelerate the construction of national planning and development plans, regions, sectors suitable to potential and advantages of each locality and the country in order to raise the economy’s resilience.

Inter-sector, intra-region, and inter-region connectivity must be strengthened, while furthering the participation of global production networks and value chains, ushering in new development spaces.

The role of SOEs continues to be increased in forming and expanding chains of production, supply, and values, especially in key sectors that require to be controlled by the state. All favourable conditions must be created for the private sector to develop quickly and sustainably, and grow in size and quality.

Operational effectiveness of collective economic organisations and cooperative economic organisations must be improved, with a focus laid on cooperatives and support for developing household-based economy. There must be a shift in attracting foreign investment from quantity to quality, with a priority on projects with modern technology, high added value, and modern governance models, and on projects having spillover effects and connecting with the domestic economic sector.

All resources must be effectively mobilised, allocated, and used to create momentum for rapid and sustainable economic development. A boost is needed in research, transfer, and application of scientific and technological progress, innovation, especially achievements from Industry 4.0 so that science and technology can become a really main impetus of economic growth.

National digital transformation must be beefed up, together with the development of digital economy and digital society to create a breakthrough in raising the productivity, quality, effectiveness, and the competitiveness of the economy.

We also need to closely manage and properly and effectively use land and other natural resources; increase environmental protection, and take the initiative in implementing solutions in climate change response.

We must formulate and ameliorate the institutional system on effectively managing and ultilising natural resources, with a focus on land, water, and minerals. A system must be established on law, policies, and mechanisms on supervising natural resources, the environment, and climate change, and on forecasting and warning natural disasters, pollution, environmental catastrophe, and epidemics.

It is necessary to curb and strictly punish all violations on natural resources and environment We must take the initiative in proactively international cooperation in sharing information, combination in research, management, exploitation, and effective and sustainable usage of natural resources, ensuring ecological security, environmental security, water security, food security, and energy security.

We have to harmoniously solve the relations between economic development and environmental protection. It is needed to develop a green economy with less greenhouse gas emissions.

The circular economic model is encouraged for development in order to effectively use the outputs of the production process.

We have to increase the resilience and adaptability to climate change of the country’s infrastructure system and economy, while implementing smart solutions to respond to climate change in agro-forestry-fishery, and other sectors of the economy.

During the implementation of these major tasks and solutions, we need to concentrate into investment in resources, and attach special importance to leading and directing the implementation of the three strategic breakthroughs advanced by the 12th National Party Congress and implemented and concretised by this 13th National Party Congress in order to be suitable to the new development period.

The first breakthrough is to synchronously improve institutions for development, firstly the institution for the development of the socialist-oriented market economy. Priorities must be centred on well implementing the law system, mechanisms, and policies so as to create a more favourable and transparent, and fairer investment and business climate.

Efforts are to be made to effectively mobilise, manage, and use development resources, especially land and finance; to boost decentralisation properly; and to strengthen inspection and supervision of power via efficient measures.

The second breakthrough is human resources development, especially high human resources. Priorities are placed on boosting human resources for leadership activities and key sectors, and on radically improving the quality of education and training, and fostering talents. It is necessary to increase technological research, transfer and development; and arouse aspirations for developing a prosperous and happy nation.

The third breakthrough is developing a synchronous infrastructure system which is modern in economy, society, defence, and security. Priorities are put in developing some national key works in transport, climate change response, IT, and telecommunications, laying firm groundwork for boosting national digital transformation and gradually developing a digital economy and society.

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