It is essential to build up the Party strongly in terms of ideology, politics and organisation, and enhance the Party’s leadership and combat capacity.

That is the common view shared by delegates attending the 11 th National Party Congress in separate interviews granted to correspondents of the Vietnam News Agency on the sidelines of the country’s premier five-yearly political event.

Delegate Tran Nam Hong, member of the Standing Board of the Party Committee of the central province of Ha Tinh , said the report presented by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh at the opening session covered a full range of fields, from socio-economic issues to Party-building work.

Hong laid special stress on the need to build up the Party more cleanly and powerfully and enhance its leadership and combat capacity. “It is necessary to build up the Party strongly in terms of ideology, politics and organisation, and special attention should be paid to personnel, particularly those at grassroots levels,” he said.

The delegate also noted that the campaign, “Study and follow Ho Chi Minh’s moral example” should be further stepped up, in combination with rectifying the Party, considering it a vital issue of the Party.

“Together with continuing the campaign, it is necessary to competently perform the personnel-related work and carefully appraise and train cadres so they can faithfully accomplish their assigned tasks,” Hong elaborated.

Nguyen Van Thuan, former Secretary of the Hai Phong Municipal Party Committee, said in the face of opportunities and challenges, each delegate must be aware of his/her responsibility, not only to the Communist Party of Vietnam, but also to the entire nation, by participating deeply in deciding the Congress’s contents and putting Congress resolutions into action.

Thuan talked about the need for comprehensive renewal, stressing economic reform should be based on political reform to ensure stability, therefore the reform of politics must be accelerated and people’s right to mastery must be promoted.

Evaluation and selection of officials for leadership positions at all levels should be renewed and conducted in a more democratic and practical way, he added.

Meanwhile, Dinh Tien Phong, Vice Secretary of the Thanh Hoa Provincial Party Committee, expressed his hope that the ongoing Congress would create big changes within the Party, thus mapping out a firm guideline toward socialism and turning Vietnam into a modern industrialised country by 2020.

“The most important task of the Congress is to elect the most preeminent comrades to lead the nation on the 11 th Party Central Committee, who have sufficient knowledge, wholeheartedness and ability.” Phong said./.