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Vietnam's party meeting starts
The long-awaited Vietnam 11th National Party Congress has opened in Hanoi, with a vision for a new socioeconomic strategy for the next decade to facilitate the country's as an industrialised nation.
The congress drew the participation of 1,377 delegates representing more than 3.6 million party members along with local and international guests.
On behalf of the presidium, Party Politburo member cum President Nguyen Minh Triet delivered a speech to open the eight-day event. He welcomed delegates, including former party and state leaders, Vietnamese heroic mothers and representatives of outstanding professions, young people and other guests.
Triet also said the event was being held at a "very crucial moment" as the nation marked 25 years since the start of the comprehensive renewal process.
"Despite domestic and global challenges, particularly the financial crisis and economic downturn, the entire Party and people have strived to achieve important results that we can be proud of," he said.
Triet highlighted the success of bringing the country out of an underdeveloped status, giving a new lift to the country's image and people's lives. Triet, however, stressed that upcoming "swift, complicated and unpredictable progress" would pose more fierce challenges to all nations, including Viet Nam.
"In that context, the 11th National Party Congress has a huge historical responsibility to the whole nation," he said.
"We need to look at the truth, speak out the truth and be seriously critical in order to review our achievements and shortcomings, and draw lessons via the implementation of the 10th Party Congress Resolution as well as socio-economic development tasks". He also added that on that basis, the Congress would decide on how to supplement the 1991 Political Platform, define a socioeconomic development strategy for the next 10 years and work out orientations, targets and missions for the next five years.
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