Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai (Source: VNA)
Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony on September 23 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Southern Resistance War against French forces (September 23, 1945-2015).

In his remarks, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai recalled the heated atmosphere in Sai Gon (the former name of Ho Chi Minh City) and the southern region 70 years ago.

He stressed his appreciation for the resolve of the army and people in the Sai Gon-Cho Lon-Gia Dinh area to contain French colonialists in the inner city, giving the Party Central Committee and President Ho Chi Minh more time and more favourable conditions to prepare for the long struggle.

Carrying forward the spirit of the Southern Resistance War, the local Party Committee, army and people overcome all difficulties and challenges to contribute to the Southern liberation and national reunification, he said.

In its construction and development then, Hai said that the locality has maintained political stability in all situations and posted high economic growth due to the implementation of new mechanisms and policies to boost production and expand the market.

Progress has also been made in planning, urban construction and development, he said, adding that the city has paid attention to ensuring social welfare and improving local spiritual and material life.

In the short run, the city will strive to successfully organise the 10 th Party Congress for the 2015-2020 tenure, according to the municipal leader.

The locality will fully tap its potential and advantages for rapid and sustainable economic development, renew grow models, restructure the economy and improve its competitive edge.

Building the Party and political system to meet the country’s industrialisation, modernisation and international integration requirements is also among the set targets, he affirmed.-VNA