Overview of the opening sesion of the 11th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The 11th National Congress of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth (HCYU) opened in Hanoi on December 11, drawing 999 delegates representing millions of the union’s members nationwide.

Addressing the opening session of the congress, Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong lauded the accomplishments of youth and children’s movements as well as the HCYU operation at all levels.

Showing his strong trust in the youth, the Party chief suggested that in the coming time, the union should pay greater attention to educating the youth on revolutionary ideal, political firmness, morality and lifestyle.

The union should encourage and promote patriotism, revolutionary ideal and trust in the political regime among youngsters, he said.

At the same time, he also asked the union to improve youngsters’ awareness about wrong information and arguments of hostile forces, especially via social networks.

The HCYU should uphold its central role in youth organisations of the country, while guiding the Ho Chi Minh Vanguard Children Union and working hard to protect and educate children, he said.

The Party leader also requested the union to build mechanisms, policies and activities to foster the development of young people in all fields, across social and economic aspects.

Speaking at the event, Nguyen Phi Long, Secretary of the HCYU’s 10th Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Youth Federation said that the congress will review and draw lessons during the implementation of the 10th Congress’s resolution in the past five years, and set targets for the 2017-2022 period. The Congress will also make adjustments to the union’s Charter.

He reported that youth and children’s movements in the past five years were successful, with 455,000 works built and over 2,200 projects launched in various fields, bringing about high socio-economic results.

Voluntary and charity activities of the union drew 16 million participants nationwide, he added.

He said that in the 2017-2022 period, the union will focus on fostering young generations with revolutionary ideal, strong political will and patriotism, as well as with good health, good knowledge and aspiration for a better life and better world.

He drafted 11 major targets in operation of the union in the next five years, including giving 5 million innovative ideas, planting 30 million trees, providing 10 trillion VND as loans for youngsters to boost production, and supporting 1,000 startup projects.

The union also plans to give career consultations to 10 million youngsters, introduce jobs to 1.5 million others, and admit 5 million more members.-VNA