The fifth National Party Congress took place in March 1982 (Photo: sggp.org.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 fifth National Party Congress in March 1982 vowed to devote all efforts for the socialist Fatherland and the people’s happiness.

During the years between the fourth and the fifth National Party Congresses, the Vietnamese revolution shifted to a new stage and the united nation began the construction and protection of a socialist Vietnam. In the light of the fourth National Party Congress’s Resolution, the entire Party, people and army spared no efforts to restore, reform and develop the economy and reaped a broad range of achievements in many fields.

The Resolution adopted at the sixth meeting of the Party Central Committee (fourth tenure) created an impetus for the development of agriculture, forestry, fishery and consumer goods production. Directive 100, which was issued by the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat in October 1981, regarding the products-based payments for groups and labourers in agricultural cooperatives initially created a new momentum in production activities.

The fifth National Party Congress convened in the capital city of Hanoi from March 27-31, 1982. A total of 1,033 delegates representing more than 1.72 million Party members across the country, and 47 international delegations attended the congress.

The congress heard a Political Report of the Party Central Committee and many other important reports. The congress honestly pointed out objective and subjective reasons of the existing difficulties and weaknesses. On that basis, the congress outlined major socio-economic directions, tasks and targets for the 1981-1985 period, and set out two strategic tasks: building socialism and firmly protecting the Fatherland of socialist Vietnam.

The congress adopted the Party’s Statutes (revised) and elected a Central Committee, which included 116 official and 36 alternate members; comrade Le Duan was re-elected as General Secretary by the Central Committee.

After the congress, the economic situation, especially the market and price situation, continued to worsen and real salary kept falling. The 8th meeting of the Party Central Committee discussed and decided to make one-step reform of price, salary, finance and monetary in order to abolish red tape and subsidy, absolutely shift to socialist-oriented economic accounting and business, and step up production and business.

On July 10, 1986, General Secretary Le Duan passed away. The Party Central Committee convened an extraordinary meeting on July 14, 1986 and elected comrade Truong Chinh to the post of General Secretary.(to be continued).-VNA