Cover page of Francophonie Actualites's special edition (Source: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – Francophonie Actualites, an established French magazine, devoted 40 pages in a special edition to highlighting the achievements Vietnam has recorded over the past 30 years of Doi Moi (reform).

The publication’s cover had an image of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, and it included various articles picturing a Vietnam of political stability, high economic growth, social progress and equality.

In his article titled “30 years of reform with the targets of wealth people and a strong country,” Joseph Ahekoe, the magazine’s publishing director, said that after the 30-year reform process, which started in 1986, Vietnam has escaped from its socio-economic crisis and underdeveloped status to become a middle-income nation.

The country is speeding up industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, he said, adding that its market economic institutions are nearing completion.

The past three decades mark an important period, as they witnessed the growth of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, according to the article.

Recalling Vietnam’s 4,000 years of construction and defence, as well as struggles against French and US forces, another article affirmed that it is the solidarity and patriotism that helped Vietnamese people fight against invaders and claim national reunification.

Apart from articles on Vietnam’s Party Congresses and interviews with Vietnamese leaders, the magazine also devoted a lot of pages to introducing the evolution of major cities like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Hoi An.

Of note, it posted documents and maps affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

Joseph Ahekoe, who was sent to Vietnam to report on the 12 th National Party Congress earlier this year, told the Vietnam News Agency that the Southeast Asian nation set an example for other developing countries worldwide, thanks to its political stability and socio-economic achievements.
The 12 th National Party Congress is of significance, as it charted Vietnam’s future development orientations, he said.

The journalist added that Vietnam has proven that all countries can find their own way to develop.-VNA