The 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) successfully came to a conclusion in Hanoi on January 19 after sitting for nine days.

State President Nguyen Minh Triet chaired the closing session, on behalf of the Congress Presidium.

Representing the Congress’ Secretary Board, Dinh The Huynh revealed that by January 18 the Congress had received 176 messages of congratulations from various parties, international organisations and foreign friends.

Huynh reported on the results of votes on a number of issues the Congress had discussed, the draft Platform, which was supplemented and developed as well as a number of supplements and amendments to the Party Statute.

On the draft Platform, most delegates agreed to keep the name laid down in the draft: “Platform for national construction during the transitional period towards socialism (supplemented, developed in 2011)” and agreed on the economic features of a socialist society: “Have a highly developed economy based on modern production forces and suitable, advanced production relations”. Regarding proposed changes to the Party Statute, the Congress voted on 13 matters in the Party’s draft.

On behalf of the Congress’ Secretary Board, Ta Ngoc Tan read the full text of the CPV’s draft Statute. The Congress then voted by a show of hands for the Party Statute by a large majority.

Truong Tan Sang, who represented the Congress Presidium, read the results of the elections for the Political Bureau, the General Secretary, the Secretariat, the Commission for Inspection, and Chairman of the Commission for Inspection of the 11 th CPV Central Committee.

The Congress elected a 200-member Central Committee for the 11 th tenure, consisting of 175 official and 25 alternate members.

The 11 th CPV Central Committee convened its first meeting and elected 14 members to the Political Bureau. Nguyen Phu Trong was elected as General Secretary of the 11 th CPV Central Committee.

The Central Committee entrusted the Political Bureau to assign a number of Politburo members to participate in the Central Committee’s Secretariat. At the first meeting, the 11 th CPV Central Committee elected four members to the Secretariat.

The 11 th CPV Central Committee also elected a 21-member Inspection Commission, with Politburo member Ngo Van Du as chairman.

The Congress warmly congratulated Nguyen Phu Trong on his election as General Secretary of the 11 th CPV Central Committee, as well as members of the Central Committee, the Political Bureau, the Secretariat and the Commission for Inspection for the 11 th tenure.

Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the 10 th CPV Central Committee, delivered a speech, saying that he believed that the Congress’s success would open up a new period of development for the nation on its path of building a socialist Vietnam with a wealthy people, a powerful country and a democratic, equitable and civilised society.

Manh warmly congratulated the newly-elected Central Committee, the Political Bureau, the Secretariat and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

With solidarity and democracy and a spirit of revolution, the Congress, which mapped out guidelines for the next stage and elected the Central Committee with Nguyen Phu Trong as its General Secretary, would bring new vitality to the Party, people and army to overcome all difficulties and challenges and successfully accomplish the task of national construction and defence, he said.

On behalf of the 11 th Central Committee, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sincerely thanked the Congress’s delegates for electing him to the Party’s important leadership bodies for the 11 th tenure and entrusting him with major tasks.

The newly-elected leader also thanked former Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh for his sincere sentiments, best congratulations and profound expectations.

“Our country’s recent achievements are closely connected to the leadership of the Party, the management of the State and the great efforts of the entire people, including the important contributions of the 10 th Central Committee and comrade Nong Duc Manh in his position as the General Secretary,” he stressed.

Trong stressed the 11 th CPV Central Committee was fully aware that the valuable achievements and experiences recorded during the previous terms, especially during the years of renewal, would lay a firm foundation for the country’s next development steps under the leadership of the CPV.

The 11 th CPV Central Committee would join hands with the entire Party to continue upholding the Party’s glorious traditions and valuable experiences, enhancing the unity and unanimity in ideology and action, strengthening political firmness, consistently adhering to the spirit of independence and self-reliance, promoting democracy and creativeness, and endlessly studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s moral example, thereby contributing to the successful implementation of the 11 th National Party Congress’s Resolution, he stressed.

At the closing session, Head of the Congress Secretary Board Ngo Van Du read the full text of the draft Congress Resolution, which was then adopted by the delegates.

In his closing speech, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said the Congress has engaged in energetic, frank and democratic discussions and unanimously adopted documents of great importance and strategic significance both in the long-term and in the immediate future for the country’s development: The platform for national construction during the transitional period to socialism (supplemented and developed in 2011), the Socio-economic Development Strategy for the 2011-20 period, orientations and tasks for the 2011-15 period and the Party Statute (supplemented and revised).

The documents adopted at this congress are profound theoretical and practical summarisation of 20 years of implementing the Platform, 10 years of implementing the Socio-economic Development Strategy (2001-10), 25 years of implementing the renewal process and five years of implementing socio-economic tasks and directions (2006-10).

They are the essence of the brainpower, the will, the desire of the entire Party and people, the continual affirmation, perfection and development of the Party’s viewpoint and policy under the renewal ideology; and define the targets and tasks of the entire Party and the nation in the new period of development which are full of prospects and not less challenges of the country’s revolution from now until 2020 and the following years.

The Congress’ united will has manifested the Party’s firm determination to in the coming years lead the entire Party, people and army in striving to absolutely achieve the goal of “Continuing to improve the Party’s leadership capacity and combativeness, promoting the entire nation’s strength, comprehensively boosting the renewal process, creating foundations for the country to basically become a modernity-oriented industrialised nation by 2020”.

The Party chief emphasised that “The 11 th CPV Central Committee consists of outstanding comrades representing more than 3.6 million Party members, who have fully met criteria in terms of qualifications, ability, professionalism and ethics to shoulder the heavy responsibility assigned by the Party and people.”

The Congress entrusted the new CPV Central Committee with a heavy task to lead the entire Party and people in successfully carrying out the 11 th National Party Congress’s Resolution.

“Aware of the great responsibility in the new stage with both big opportunities and severe challenges, the 11th CPV Central Committee commits itself to sparing no effort and whole heartedly working to serve the country, the nation and the people, unceasingly striving to improve capacity, skill, will power, morality, in order to together with the entire Party, people, army to successfully accomplish the major goals and tasks set by the Congress,” Trong noted.

The General Secretary went on to say that “The success of the 11 th National Party Congress has created a great strength to encourage the entire Party, people and army to overcome all difficulties, challenges, to seize new opportunities, in their efforts towards the goals of making our country a basically modernity-oriented industrialised nation by 2020.”

Right after the Congress, all Party organisations need to well organise the study for thorough understanding of the Congress’ Resolution and documents; popularise the Congress’ outcomes among the entire Party and people; promptly develop and implement programmes, plans of action to translate the Resolution into life, stir up intensive and large-scale patriotic movements among the entire Party, people and army.

The Congress calls on the entire Party, army and people both inside and outside the country to uphold their patriotic spirit, self-reliance, self-improvement, national unity strength, and do their best to implement the Congress’s Resolution successfully, step up the renewal process in a comprehensive manner for the country’s fast and sustainable development with the resolve to successfully fulfill the goal of a wealthy people, a strong, democratic, equal, civilised country, firmly advancing toward socialism./.