In an exclusive interview with the Vietnam News Agency on the threshold of the the Year of the Dog, the Party leader underlined the country’s outstanding achievements in 2017 and outlined major tasks for 2018.
He said the fight against corruption has made marked progress thanks to drastic, synchronous, methodical and firm measures, in the spirit of “words matching up with actions.”
In 2017, many serious cases of corruption and economic crimes involving incumbent and former senior officials were discovered and brought to court in a timely manner, he said.
In the first days of 2018, several major corruption cases have also been brought to trial, demonstrating the drastic actions and the determination to carry the combat through and leave no “prohibited zone” in the prevention and fight against the evil, the Party chief stressed.
Regarding the personnel work in 2017, General Secretary Trong said the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, the Secretariat and the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission imposed disciplinary measures on many Party Committees and Party organisations of different levels, as well as officials and Party members, including those holding high positions, for their violation of the law.
However, he said, it is even more important to prevent the root cause of such wrongdoings by regulations, laws and policies.
“Power must be kept within mechanisms,” the Party chief stressed.
General Secretary Trong highlighted the joyful atmosphere across the country as Vietnam has fulfilled and overfulfilled all the 13 socio-economic targets for the first time in the context of multiple challenges.
The Party leader also recalled outstanding outcomes in external affairs, as reflected through the country’s successful hosting of APEC Year 2017, the 18 high-level visits by Vietnamese leaders to 19 countries and the country’s attendance at eight international events. In the year, Vietnam also welcomed 36 heads of states and Prime Ministers of foreign countries.
Talking about key tasks in 2018, he underlined the need to create stronger changes in economic restructuring in tandem with growth model reform; improve productivity and competitiveness of the national economy; and mobilise, allocate and use resources effectively.
Along with economic development, more attention should be paid to cultural and social development, the improvement of people’s living standards, General Secretary Trong said. He also called for more efforts to strengthen the Party and political system, stop and prevent the degradation of political ideology, morality and lifestyle as well as signs of “self-evolution,” and “self-transformation”.
At the same time, the reform and streamlining of the apparatus must continue, with more heed paid to the personnel work, he said.
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