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8th plenary session of Party Central Committee (12th tenure) opens

Released at: 14:04, 03/10/2018

8th plenary session of Party Central Committee (12th tenure) opens

An overview of the session (Source: VNA)

Party Central Committee plenary session gets underway on October 2.

by Long Van

The 8th plenary session of the Party Central Committee (12th tenure) opened in Hanoi on October 2.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as delivering an opening speech at the session, suggesting that issues regarding socioeconomic development, the Vietnam Maritime Strategy, and Party building be focused on by participants.

The Party Chief said that 2018 is in the middle of the Party’s 12th tenure, so it plays a decisive role in the realization of the Resolution of the 12th National Party Congress and is the first year for making preparations for the 13th National Congress.

He noted that this meeting’s agenda covers many important issues directly relating to the steering of the implementation of socioeconomic development targets and the building of a pure and strong Party.

Politburo member and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a report from the government’s Party Committee on the socioeconomic and State budget situation in 2018, along with the socioeconomic development plan and State budget estimates for 2019.

Pointing out certain problems and shortcomings, the report said there remain many difficulties in carrying out the three strategic breakthroughs and restructuring the economy. Investment in construction of key national projects and the disbursement of public investment capital remain slow. While exports growth still relies on the foreign-invested sector, the independence and self-reliance of the economy remain modest, and the macroeconomy has yet to be steady.

Resources for implementing social and cultural policies are limited, some policies haven’t been issued in a timely manner or implemented well, and the wealth gap among regions and strata of society is large and tending to widen. Additionally, there are still many social problems in such fields as healthcare, education, natural resources management, and the environment.

General Secretary Trong asked members of the Party Central Committee to make objective and comprehensive assessments of the local and national socioeconomic situation, point out achievements as well as flaws to seek solutions, and analyze and predict different possibilities. He also requested they specify targets, tasks, and feasible breakthrough policies and solutions to fulfill the tasks set for 2019 as well as the whole 12th tenure.

The Politburo delivered a report reviewing the ten-year implementation of the resolution of the 10th Party Central Committee’s 4th meeting on the Vietnam Maritime Strategy towards 2020.

Seas and islands are not only a component part of the nation’s sacred sovereignty and sovereign right, but are also where generations of Vietnamese people have existed and grown. Vietnamese waters hold important geo-political, geo-military, and geo-economic positions in the region and the world.

At the meeting, based on the report and the analyses and forecasts of new situations in the country, the region and the world, the Party Committee of the government proposed the Party Central Committee issue a new resolution on the Vietnam Maritime Strategy until 2030 with a vision to 2045.

The promulgation of the resolution will help orient the building of strategies, plans, policies and laws, as well as programs and projects of the government, localities and agencies involved, especially in the mobilization of resources for the medium-term investment plan for maritime and coastal economic development, in conformity with the national socioeconomic development plan and strategy for the 2021-2030 period.

Suggesting several issues for discussion, the Party Chief asked for clarification of reasons why several maritime and coastal economic development targets will be difficult to reach by 2020, why the sea-based economy is developing slowly, and why investment in developing coastal infrastructure, especially the seaport system, remains ineffective.

It is also necessary to clarify shortcomings in the planning of coastal areas and several sectors, sea pollution, complicated developments from climate change and sea level rises and their negative impacts, and inefficient State management of seas and islands, General Secretary Trong said.

Regarding Party building, the Politburo proposed the Party Central Committee decide on important issues such as the issuance of regulations on the responsibility of officials and Party members, initially members of the Politburo, the Secretariat, and the Party Central Committee, to set examples.

The Politburo also suggested the establishment of sub-committees in preparation for the 13th National Party Congress and the introduction of personnel for the post of State President to the National Assembly, the election of additional members of the 12th Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission, and taking disciplinary measures against officials in line with Party regulations.

In his remarks, General Secretary Trong said the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, and the Secretariat have issued many guidelines and regulations on the responsibility of officials and Party members for setting examples.

The implementation of Party guidelines and regulations has intensified the Party’s discipline, helped improve the leadership and combat capacity of Party organizations and members, contributing to preventing degradation, corruption and other bad deeds, and consolidating the confidence of officials, Party members, and people in the leadership of the Party, he said.

However, he pointed out that outcomes have failed to meet the set targets, explaining that many officials and Party members, including those holding key positions at all levels, have yet to be aware of their responsibility.

Some high-ranking officials, both retired and incumbent, have seriously violated Party discipline and State laws, sparking concerns among officials, Party members, and people, he said.

Given this, the Politburo has agreed with the proposal of the Party Central Committee to issue a new regulation on the responsibility for setting examples of officials and Party members.

The draft regulation requires Politburo, Secretariat, and Party Central Committee members to set examples, align themselves with rules, and resolutely combat bad deeds, the Party leader said.

During the session, the Politburo proposed the establishment of five sub-committees on documents, socioeconomic affairs, Party regulations, personnel, and organization to serve the 13th National Party Congress.

The sub-committees will prepare a report on the ten-year implementation of the supplemented 2011 Party Political Platform, political report, the report reviewing the ten-year realization of the socioeconomic development strategy, the five-year socio-economic report, and others on five-year Party building, the implementation of Party regulations, supplements and amendments to Party regulations (if any), and personnel affairs.

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