Closing Speech by the New General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam

Nhan Dan Online

Newly elected Party General Secretary, Nguyen Phu Trong.

The new General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee (CPVCC), the 11th tenure, Nguyen Phu Trong, delivered a speech closing the 11th National CPV Congress in Hanoi on January 19.

The following is the full text of the speech.

After nine days working in a serious, urgent manner in a democratic and solidarity atmosphere with a high sense of responsibility before the Party and people, the 11th National Party Congress has successfully concluded with the completion of all set items on the agenda.

The Congress has engaged in energetic, frank and democratic discussions and unanimously adopted documents of great importance and strategic, long-term significance for the country’s development: The Platform on National Construction in the Transitional Period to Socialism (supplemented and developed in 2011), the Socio-economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020, political orientations and tasks for the five years from 2011-2015 and the Party Statute (supplemented and revised).

The Congress has elected the CPVCC with comrades representative of more than 3.6 million Party members, who meet all qualifications in virtues, capability, knowledge and ethics shoulder great responsibilities assigned by the Party and the people.

The documents adopted at this congress are a profound review of theories and realities over 20 years of implementing the Platform, 10 years of implementing the Socio-economic Development Strategy (2001-2010) and five years of implementing socio-economic directions and tasks (2006-2010). They are the essence of the brainpower, the will, the desire of the entire Party and people, the continual affirmation, perfection and development of the Party’s viewpoint and policy on renewal in the spirit of Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Thoughts; and define the targets and tasks of the entire Party and the nation in the new period of development which are full of prospects and not less challenges of the country’s revolution from now until 2020 and the following years.

The Congress’ united will has manifested the Party’s firm determination to, in the coming years, lead the entire Party, people and army in striving to absolutely achieve the goal of “Continuing to enhance the Party’s leadership capacity and combativeness, promoting the entire nation’s strength, comprehensively boosting the renewal process, creating foundations for the country to basically become a modernity-oriented industrialised nation by 2020”.

To this great target, the Congress has discussed and approved policies on all fundamental and key fields of the cause of national development, national construction and defence in the coming years. These policies hold a very important role and have great value as profound orientation and guidance during the entire process of enforcing and organising the implementation of the orientations and tasks of national construction and defence in the next five years, 10 years and 20 years.

The Congress focused on discussing and approving great tasks to continue rectifying, building and self-renovating the Party with the aim of increasing the political firmness, intellectual capacity, revolutionary virtues and ethics to make the Party really pure and strong and strengthen the people’s confidence in the Party.

The Congress has put emphasis on the solidarity and the unity of will and actions of the entire Party on the foundation of the Platform and the Party’s direction, stance and principles and with comradeship as taught by Uncle Ho; on the close bond between the Party and the working class, the people and the nation as the core virtue reflecting the Party’s nature and vitality.

To ensure the pureness and the strength as well as the prestige and the effectiveness of the operation of the political system, the Congress has been deeply aware of and expressed the resolve to boost and have solutions to raise the effectiveness of the fight against and the prevention of corruption, bureaucracy , wastefulness and the degradation of cadres, Party members and public servants.

The Congress has attached special importance to and stressed that in the coming years, the Party building work is a key task and the decisive factor to firmly maintain the role and improve the quality of leadership of the Party so that the Party really deserves to be the vanguard of the working class as well as of the working people and the Vietnamese nation, loyally representing the interest of the working class, the working people and the nation as a whole.

With the above-mentioned results, we are happy to report to the entire Party and people that the 11th National Congress of the CPV has successfully concluded.

At the 11th Congress, many comrades in the Central Committee, the Political Bureau, the Secretariat of the 10th tenure did not stand for the 11th CPVCC term, creating conditions for rejuvenating, providing new force to the Party’s leadership body in the new tenure. That is a noble act. The Congress sincerely thanked the comrades and highly valued their contributions over the past five years and wished them good health, happiness to continue to give their heart, ability and experience to the glorious cause of our Party, State and people.

The Congress has worked seriously and in line with the Party Statute, made clear-sighted choices and elected qualified and worthy comrades to the 11th CPVCC: 175 official members and 25 alternate members. The Congress entrusts the new CPVCC with the heavy task to lead the entire Party and people in successfully carrying out the 11th Congress’s Resolution.

Aware of the great responsibility in the new stage with both big opportunities and severe challenges, the 11th CPVCC commits themselves to doing their best and whole heartedly working to serve the country, the nation and the people, unceasingly striving to improve capacity, skill, will power, morality, in order to together with the entire Party, people, army to successfully implement the major goals and tasks set by the Congress.

The Congress warmly welcomes and sincerely thanks revolutionary veterans, party organisations at all levels, socio-political and mass organisations, scholars, writers and artists, intellectuals, religious dignitaries, comrades, compatriots, soldiers nationwide, the overseas Vietnamese community, who with their high sense of responsibility and deep sentiment with the country and the nation have made sincere and frank contributions in terms of brainpower, experiences to supplement, develop the Congress’s documents, contributing to the Congress’ success.

The Congress extends sincere and deep thanks to communist and workers’ parties, ruling parties, international organisations and friends for their messages of congratulations to the Congress, manifesting good sentiment, friendship and solidarity with the Party and people of Vietnam.

The Congress has received a large number of congratulatory letters and messages from all corners of the country and overseas Vietnamese. We sincerely thank people nationwide for their warm sentiments.

The Congress warmly welcomes and thanks domestic and foreign news agencies and press for their attendance and timely coverage of the Congress.

The Congress praises and thanks the organising sub-committee and all the involved officials, soldiers, workers for their dedication to fulfill their services for the Congress, practically contributing to the Congress success.

The success of the 11th National Party Congress has created a great strength, encouraging the entire Party, people and army to overcome all difficulties, challenges, to seize new opportunities, in their efforts towards the goals of making our country a basically modernity-oriented industrialised nation by 2020. Right after the Congress, all party organisations need to well organise the study for thorough understanding of the Congress’ Resolution and documents; popularise the Congress’ outcomes among the entire Party, people; promptly build and implement programmes, plans of action to translate the Resolution into life, stir up intensive and large-scale patriotic movements of the entire Party, people and army.

The Congress calls on the entire Party, people and army, overseas Vietnamese to uphold their patriotism, the spirit of self-reliance, self-improvement, the national unity strength, and do their best to implement the Congress’s Resolution successfully, step up the renewal process in a comprehensive manner for the country’s fast and sustainable development with the resolve to successfully fulfill the goal of rich people, a strong, democratic, equitable, civilised country, firmly advancing toward socialism.

With deep confidence in the strength and will of the entire Party and nation, in the country’s future, I solemnly announce the closing of the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

*note: The Communist Party of Vietnam held it’s 11th National Congress from January 12, 2011 to January 19, 2011. This speech was delivered by Nguyen Phu Trong after the final day (i.e., on January 20, 2011). The original text can be found here on Nhan Dan Online.

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