Vietnam looks to continue improving the socialist democracy in line with the Resolution adopted by the 11th National Party Congress and the 2013 Constitution.

Party committees and local administrations will continue to uphold the people’s democratic rights and participation in the process of improving socio-economic realities and ensuring security and social order in tandem with the national patriotic movement.

They are tasked with spreading the comprehensive administrative reform programme for 2011 to 2020, including handling complaints and holding dialogues with the public as well as facilitating “One-stop shop” mechanisms to streamline bureaucracy in trade activities.

The agenda was unveiled at a conference held in Hanoi on February 4 to evaluate the 2014 implementation of grassroots democracy regulations and determine 2015 tasks.

Secretary of the Party Central Committee and Head of the committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Ha Thi Khiet commented in her speech that 2014 saw an energetic exercise of democracy in every aspect of life.

During its 10 th session, the Party Central Committee (11 th tenure) cast votes of confidence on members of the Politburo and the Secretariat for the first time in the Party history, said Khiet, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on the implementation of democracy regulations at the grassroots level.

Those elected or approved by the National Assembly and People’s Councils also underwent votes of confidence, reflecting broader democracy and enhancing public trust in the Party, she added.

Participants also pointed out existing weaknesses in enforcing regulations on the practice of democratic rights, including limited awareness of authorities and officials, slow pace of administrative reform that has sparked public concern, and corruption and waste of the State budget.-VNA