The second theory conference between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) opened in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, on April 7.

The Vietnamese delegation to the two-day event is led by Dinh The Huynh, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, head of the committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education and President of its Theory Council.

The Lao delegation is headed by Chueang Sombounkhan, Secretary of the LPRP Central Committee, head of the committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, and President of the Lao National Council for Social Sciences.

Addressing the event, Huynh said that this conference focuses on improving the leadership and combat strength of the Party in the one-ruling party context in Vietnam and Laos , a fundamental, long-term and urgent issue for both Parties.

“In the context of the two countries’ comprehensive acceleration of the renewal process and international integration, the leading role of the Party must be affirmed, and its leadership and combat strength must be improved,” he stressed.

“It is a decisive factor for the stability and sustainable development of each country on the path of socialism,” he added.

This is not only the responsibility and political determination of the Party and Party building efforts of the entire Party and its committees, organisations and members, but also the responsibility of the whole political system and all people, he stated.

Once a ruling party, it must ceaselessly improve its stuff and brainpower as well as thoroughly grasp and creatively apply the scientific and revolutionary theory of Marxism-Leninism so as to successfully address issues emerging from renovation, integration and development, he said.

The Party must maintain its nature as a true revolutionary party with self-defence strength, he said, adding that the improvement of its leadership and combat strength requires regular attention to Party building in combination with educating Party officials and members on morality and lifestyle, and tightening discipline within the Party.

According to Huynh, the reality of Party building in the renewal process in Vietnam has required the renovation of the leading method of the Party for the State and society, the realisation and promotion of democracy in the one-ruling party context, and regular self-renovation and reshuffles of the Party to boost social innovations and fulfil its ruling role.

In his report, Chueang Sombounkhan affirmed the improvement of the leadership and combat strength of the LPRP as a ruling party is a decisive factor for the success of the renovation process and national development in Laos .

The most fundamental issue for the Party is to put forth sound policies, make timely adjustments to fit the reality and persist with its strategic objectives, he said.

He emphasised the need to promote the Party’s role and capacity in turning its guidelines into the State’s policies and laws as well as instruct State agencies to implement them in a serious and effective manner.

The improvement of the Party’s leadership and combat strength is always associated with renovating leading methods, implementing the principle of centralised democracy, and regularly strengthening the system of Party organisations from central to grassroots levels together with the development of the Party in both quantity and quality, he noted.-VNA