Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on November 9 joined residents of Thanh Xuyen 4 Hamlet in this northern province’s Pho Yen district to celebrate the annual National Great Solidarity Festival.

Speaking to residents, the Party leader said the festival, which aims to mark the founding anniversary of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) on November 18, is an opportunity for people throughout the country to review all campaigns and activities that the VFF has launched, as well as honour organizations, families and individuals who are exemplary in movements of patriotic emulation and great solidarity.

He stressed the importance of solidarity among the Vietnamese people during the country’s revolution for national independence and freedom and during its process of national development.

“The VFF’s 8 th National Congress (last September) came up with new lines in which the role of the people is very important,” he said.

Accordingly, the role of people will be further promoted to enable them to join in discussions and feel free in speaking out, doing, checking, and supervising, he added.

He urged Pho Yen residents to continue promoting long-lasting traditions and experience to achieve all set target for building a beautiful, prosperous and civilised homeland.

The Party leader joined VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan in visiting people in the hamlet and meeting with exemplary families of the movement, including families of veterans and war invalids. “All people unite to build a cultural life in residential areas,” he said.

Earlier on the day, the General Secretary met with authorities of Pho Yen district and Thai Nguyen province and urged them to strengthen their management of industrial zones, residential areas and vocational training for sustainable development.

He expressed delight at the achievements of the local Party organisation, government and people, including a 20 percent annual growth rate, 55 million VND (2,600 USD) per capita income, a poor household rate of merely 7 percent, and robust Party building work. He also called for better preparations for Party congresses at all levels.

On the same morning, Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong visited Samsung Vietnam Electronics in Yen Binh industrial zone.

Talking to the company’s staff, he noted that besides developing production and business, the company continued to take care of its workers and ensure humane working and living conditions for them.-VNA