The following is from the website of the Communist Party of Vietnam:
Advancing socialism is the inexorable development path of the Vietnamese revolution, and this is the correct choice of late President Ho Chi Minh, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the people, says Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh.
The choice was made in the very first political programme adopted at a national conference to establish the CPV and in subsequent programmes, said Mr Manh at a grand meeting in Hanoi on February 2 to mark the 80th anniversary of the CPV.
In a keynote speech, Mr Manh reviewed major milestones in the 80-year history of the Party, saying the CPV has always been able to combine workers’ objectives with patriotic movements and class interests with national interests, becoming a pioneer leader of the working class, the people and the Vietnamese nation.
Party leader Nong Duc Manh affirmed the road to socialism in Vietnam
He took this opportunity to express the Vietnamese people’s deep gratitude for late President Ho Chi Minh – the founder of the CPV – and generations of Party leaders, heroic martyrs and fellow countrymen who struggle faithfully and sacrificed for national independence, socialism and the welfare of the people.
He also thanked international friends for their heartfelt support and valuable assistance to Vietnam in its past struggle for national independence and its current process of national construction and development.
He noted that since the Party initiated the Doi Moi (Renewal) process in 1986, from being a poor and underdeveloped nation, Vietnam has taken a big step toward national industrialisation and modernisation. It has gradually built and developed a socialist-oriented market economy comprising many economic sectors and modes of ownership, and actively integrated into the world economy.
The country has minimised the national economic slowdown, cushioned the impact of the 1997 regional financial crisis and weathered the current global financial and economic recession, said Mr Manh.
Despite the global recession, he said, Vietnam has maintained macro-economic stability and achieved a relatively high GDP growth rate. The country’s political system and great national unity have been promoted while socio-political stability and national defence and security have been maintained. Vietnam’s status has been elevated internationally, paving the way for the country to move forward with bright prospects.
The Party chief affirmed that the awareness of socialism and the path to socialism have become ‘clearer’ and theoretical views on the Renewal process, socialism and the path to socialism have been given a concrete form in Vietnam.
He spoke of lessons of theoretical and practical value that the Party has learned from leading the revolution. They are: persisting in the goal of national independence and socialism; promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc and building a single national front, resting firmly on a worker-peasant and intelligentsia alliance; building a State “of the people, for the people and by the people”; stimulating creativity in the revolutionary method; and constantly increasing the leadership capacity and combative spirit of the Party.
The primary task of the CPV at present is to motivate the Vietnamese people to speed up the Renewal process, national industrialisation and modernisation, and complete the transition period toward socialism, said Mr Manh.
He said every specific guideline, policy and step that the Party adopts is to serve the interest of the people and the nation, striving to turn Vietnam into an industrial nation by 2020.
He said in the coming period the Party must focus on strengthening theoretical study and drawing on practical experience, especially of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, to further clarify socialism and the road to socialism in Vietnam.
In the face of difficulties, he said, the Party and State will pay more attention to improving the living conditions of social policy beneficiaries, the poor, ethnic people living in remote areas.
We have to skilfully combine economic growth and cultural development, and implement social progress and equality in every policy and every specific step, said Mr Manh.
He affirmed the Party’s consistent policy of uniting all 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups, all classes, all religions and all Vietnamese nationals living abroad.
The Party and State have issued guidelines and policies to create the best possible conditions for every class, force and individual to strive for their legitimate interests and contribute more to national development, he said.
Party and State leaders paid a floral tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh – the founder of the CPV
He went on to say that promoting national unity should go along with renewing the political system and building and gradually finalising socialist democracy.
Mr Manh insisted that while considering economic development a central task, Party building and rectification a key task, and cultural development the spiritual foundation for society, the Party and State will focus on strengthening national defence and security and firmly defending the socialist Vietnamese State.
He pointed out that Vietnam’s key tasks include defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity, maintaining political stability, defeating any subversive schemes by hostile forces, building regular armed forces, diversifying and multilateralising foreign relations and deeply integrating into the world.
Vietnam is a friend, a reliable partner and a responsible member of the international community, and it is taking an active part in regional and international affairs and contributing to the common struggle of humankind for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress, he said.
He underlined the need to build a strong CPV, considering this a key and vital task for the Vietnamese revolution. He vowed to build a pure and strong Party politically, ideologically and organisationally, a Party united and closely linked to the people, with scientific leadership methods and competent cadres and members, a Party deserving to be the leader and loyal civil servant of the people.
He called on the Party, people and the army to work harder to overcome the difficulties and challenges ahead, meet development tasks and thoroughly prepare for grassroots-level Party congresses in the lead-up to the 11th National Party Congress scheduled for January 2011.
The meeting was attended by former Party General Secretaries Do Muoi and Le Kha Phieu, State President Nguyen Minh Triet, former State Presidents Le Duc Anh and Tran Duc Luong, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, former National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Van An, former Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, and President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Huynh Dam.