Scene at the seventh National Party Congress (Photo: phuctho.hanoi.gov.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Since its establishment, the Communist Party of Vietnam has held 11 Congresses. Each Congress is considered an important historical milestone in recognising the Vietnamese revolution’s victories, achievements and lessons.

The seventh National Party Congress: Guiding the country in rising above challenges to step by step stabilise and develop in a dynamic and solid manner.

By implementing the sixth National Party Congress’ resolution, the national renewal recorded initial important achievements.

These included political stability and positive changes in the national economy with remarkable progress made in realizing the goals of three economic programmes. A multi-sectoral commodity economy was taking shape that operates with a market mechanism under the State’s management.

Social democracy was increasingly promoted, the people’s living conditions initially stabilised, national defence and security securely maintained and international relations expanded.

However, weaknesses and difficulties still remained in the national economy and a great number of pressing socio-economic problems were yet to be solved.

In addition, the world situation underwent complicated developments, particularly in the Soviet Union and socialist countries in Eastern Europe.

The Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee convened the seventh National Party Congress in Hanoi from June 24 to 27, 1991, which was attended by 1,176 delegates representing 2.1 million Party members nationwide.

The congress examined the implementation of the sixth National Party Congress’s resolution and summed up first-hand experiences drawn from the implementation of renewal.

It concluded that socialist orientations must be maintain in the renewal process, the renewal must be conducted in a comprehensive, simultaneous and thorough manner with appropriate moves, forms and ways, and the development of the multi-sectoral commodity economy must be coupled with enhancing the State’s management over socio-economic affairs.

The congress affirmed that Ho Chi Minh Thought and Marxism-Leninism was the ideological foundation and lodestar for the Party’s activities and Ho Chi Minh Thought was the creative application of Marxism-Leninism to Vietnam’s situation.

The congress elected a 146-member Central Committee of the Party and Do Muoi was elected Party General Secretary. (to be continued)-VNA