Oct 19, 2012

Vietnam - Important decisions made at PCC’s 6th plenum

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VietNamNet Bridge – Closing its 6th plenum, which lasted for 15 days from October 1 to 15, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (PCC) discussed and decided many important issues.

During the 15-day meeting, PCC members discussed and reached a high unanimity on many important guidelines and policies in the fields of socio-economics, education-training, science-technology, and Party building. It decided to re-establish the PCC’s Economic Commission.

A Q&A session in a democratic, frank and constructive atmosphere was held for the first time at the plenum.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong clarified some issues and summarized important results.

According to the Party leader, the meeting agreed that despite numerous difficulties and challenges, the country’s socio-economic situation in the first nine months of 2012 saw certain positive changes. However, the pressure of inflation and macro instabilities remains great.

In the coming time, the world economy in particular and the international situation in general are forecast to see unpredictable developments. Therefore, in the remaining months of 2012 and the next year, it is necessary to continue strengthening efforts to stabilize and make the macro economy healthy; pay special attention to stability, healthiness and safety of the finance-banking system; boost thrift practice; and fight corruption and waste in investment and public spending.

The investment and business environment must be improved, bad debts solved, difficulties eased for businesses, domestic investment encouraged while foreign investment attraction boosted and investment in agricultural and tourism development prioritized.

The meeting emphasized the need to speed up the implementation of the three strategic breakthroughs in combination with renovating the growth model and restructuring the economy, ensure socio-political stability, and create stronger foundations for development in the following years.

The restructuring of public investment, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and especially the system of commercial banks must be placed in a panorama and closely combined with the restructuring of the economy, investment and the financial market in general.

The committee continued to affirm the core role and important achievements of SOEs, and at the same time pointed out their weak points.

It urged for the continued grasping and serious implementation of the Resolution of the 11th National Party Congress as well as the resolutions and conclusions of the PCC on the restructuring and renovation of the SOEs as well as the improvement of their efficiency, in line with the context of the socialist-oriented market economy and the country’s deeper international integration.

Resolute adjustments must be made so that the SOEs can have appropriate structures and take the lead in the scientific and technological renovation and application and maintaining the socialist orientation of the economy.

It is necessary to put an early end to non-core investment and complete the withdrawal of the State capital at businesses holding less than 50% of State capital as well as urgently complete the SOEs management mechanism. The SOEs must be reorganized in the model of joint stock and limited liability companies in accordance with the Enterprise Law.

An advanced administration system suitable to the market economy should be applied while a close, open and transparent audit, inspection and supervision system implemented on the basis of expanding the groups of companies eligible to list on the stock market.

Businesses’ functions of regulating the macro economy and ensuring social security must be renovated and replaced by the mechanism of orders placed by the State, in accordance with the market mechanism. Major State economic corporations and groups must be restructured in the model of parent-subsidiary companies and audited annually.

The pilot stage of forming State economic groups should be ended and the transformation of economic groups into corporations considered.

Regarding the land issues, the committee agreed to issue a Resolution to lead and direct the amending and supplementing the 2003 Land Law, meeting the requirement of the new situation, further effectively mobilizing and using land resources for socio-economic development.

Shortcomings, weaknesses and negative phenomena in the field of land must be settled, especially speculations, wastefulness, corruption, disputes and lawsuits must be solved, thus ensuring the harmonious interests of the State, land users and investors, contributing to the socio-political stability.

As for education and training, the committee gave opinions on a project to basically and comprehensively reform education and training, so as to meet the demand of industrialization and modernization in the context of the socialist-oriented market economy and global integration.

General Secretary Trong underlined that the PCC asks for the renewal of perception and way of thinking, goals of training, organizational system, forms of education and training, contents and methods of teaching and studying, operation and management mechanisms. A contingent of teachers, managerial officials, facilities and resources must be built to ensure the renewal of the whole education system.

The committee also affirmed that science and technology development is the top national policy and an important driving force in the industrialization and modernization. Human resources in science and technology are an invaluable asset of the country. Intellectuals in science and technology are an extremely important resource for developing the knowledge-based economy. Investment in human resources for science and technology and offers of incentives to the talents are for sustainable development.

The Party and State are responsible for working out special policies for developing and bringing into full play creativeness of science and technology staff, making science and technology a key driving force and a direct production force, helping Viet Nam become a modern industrialized country by 2020 and a socialist-oriented modern industrialized nation by the middle of the 21st century.

About personnel planning for the PCC, the Politburo, the Secretariat and key State and Party leadership titles, Mr. Trong said it is the first time the committee discussed and issued a Resolution on this matter. The planning for strategic-level officials must stem from political requirements and tasks, the Party building, national construction and defense during the industrialization and modernization.

He also stressed the need to actively and promptly discover those with promising leadership skills, while attention is paid to those originating from workers, farmers and intellectuals, increase the rate of young, female and ethnic minority officials, relatives of families that rendered great services to the revolution, and those working in science, technology, culture and art.

The building and implementing of the personnel planning must be placed under the concentrated and concerted leadership of the PCC, the Politburo and the Secretariat; ensuring the principles of democracy, fairness, transparency and objectiveness. The planning must be taken as a basis for the personnel planning for the Central Committee at the National Party Congress.

Those included in the planning must satisfy criteria and conditions. The committee must include three age groups to ensure continuousness, inheritance and development, and a suitable structure to ensure a comprehensive leadership.

The committee also highly valued the Politburo and Secretariat’s serious, responsible and exemplary preparations and implementation of criticism and self-criticism. After over two months of preparations, the Politburo and the Secretariat spent 21 days on criticism and self-criticism, considering it as an extremely important political activity for the transparency and strength of the Party, the PCC, the Politburo and the Secretariat.

Each Politburo and Secretariat member has thoroughly grasped the leading guidelines of ensuring the principles, strengthening solidarity and comradeship, strictly dealing with cases of shortcomings and violations, and helping each other progress.

The contents of criticism and self-criticism closely followed the requirements of the Resolution of the committee’s 4th meeting. Outstanding and pressing issues were brought to analysis and many lessons drawn.

Criticism and self-criticism were implemented in a democratic, straightforward, constructive and sincere manner.

The Politburo and the Secretariat seriously self-criticized and admitted their responsibility before the committee for the shortcomings and weaknesses in Party building, degradation and negative phenomena among Party officials and members as stated in the Resolution of the committee’s 4th meeting.

To seriously keep disciplines in the Party, maintain the prestige of the Party, and set an example in the entire Party, the whole Politburo agreed to propose the committee impose a form of discipline on it and consider discipline on a Politburo member.

The PCC applauded and highly valued the seriousness, exemplarity of the Politburo and the Secretariat in this criticism and self-criticism drive as well as the high determination and great efforts in leading and instructing the implementation of the Resolution of the committee’s 4th meeting.

It agreed with the Politburo’s report and gave frank and profound opinions.

Regarding the consideration of discipline, the committee discussed carefully and considered comprehensively all aspects at the current time and then decided to not take any discipline on the Politburo and one of its members. It asked the Politburo to apply active measures to repair shortcomings, thus preventing hostile forces from conducting acts of distortion and sabotage.

The PCC also conducted self-criticism and acknowledged its responsibility for failing to prevent shortcomings and weaknesses over the past time. It criticized seriously itself and apologized to the whole Party and people for those shortcomings and weaknesses, and pledged to try its best to gradually solve them.

The committee urged the entire Party to uphold the sense of responsibility before the Party and the people, strengthen solidarity and unity, maintain trust, and lead the whole people to overcome difficulties and challenges, create obvious changes and repair shortcomings and weaknesses in order to build the Party purer and stronger and into a true revolutionary party that has flesh-and-blood links with the people.

The PCC praised Party committees at all levels, authorities and the entire political system for seriously implementing the Resolution on Party building set out at the committee’s 4th meeting.

Expressing thanks to Party members and people across the country for their sentiments and valuable opinions, General Secretary Trong showed his confidence that the whole Party will successfully implement the Resolution and conclusion of the PCC’s 6th plenum, contributing to the successful implementation of the Resolution of the 11th National Party Congress.


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