Late PM Pham Van Dong inspected a high-productivity paddy field  ​in Hai Anh commune, Hai Chau district, Nam Ha province in 1969 (Source: VNA)
Quang Ngai (VNA) – An incense offering ceremony to commemorate the 112th birth anniversary of late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, a prominent leader of Vietnam’s revolution in the 20th century, was held at his memorial site in Mo Duc district, the central province of Quang Ngai on March 1.

At the event – hosted by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, participants recalled the life and career of the late PM, who was a Politburo member and an adviser to the Party Central Committee. Dong was also an excellent disciple and close comrade of late President Ho Chi Minh.

Pham Van Dong, alias To, was born on March 1, 1906 in Duc Tan commune, Mo Duc district. He joined the revolutionary youth movement in Hanoi in 1924.

In May 1940, he met Ho Chi Minh, who was known as Nguyen Ai Quoc then, in China’s Kunming. There he became a member of the Indochinese Communist Party – the predecessor of the Communist Party of Vietnam – and engaged in revolutionary activities in China’s Liuzhou.

In early 1941, he and Vo Nguyen Giap were sent back to Vietnam to build revolutionary bases in the northern provinces of Cao Bang, Bac Kan and Lang Son.

In August 1945, Pham Van Dong was elected to the National Liberation Committee at the Tan Trao National People’s Congress. After the August Revolution, he was appointed as the Finance Minister of the Government of the new Democratic Republic of Vietnam and elected a deputy of the first National Assembly.

He led the Vietnamese delegation to the Fontainebleau Conference in France in 1946 and the Geneva Conference in 1954.

In September 1954, Pham Van Dong was assigned to concurrently hold the positions of the Deputy PM, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations.

He was appointed as the PM by the National Assembly in September 1955 and continued to be entrusted with the post at the third National Party Congress five years later.

He passed away in 2000.

After the ceremony, participants visit an area exhibiting photos and objects related to the life and career of the late PM in the site. -VNA