Millions of Vietnamese throughout the country on January 12 looked towards the capital city of Hanoi, where the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) opened.

Cadres, soldiers and people from all social strata nationwide have placed their full faith in the success of the 11th Congress, which is expected to open up a new development period for the country.

CEO and General Director of the HCM City-based Cotec Group Dao Duc Nghia shared his view that the opening of the 11th National Party Congress has excited not only each Party member but also the entire nation. The Congress is expected to put forth many new development orientations for the country, meeting requirements of the new situation.

“As a Party member, I always hope for the strong development of the Party, the pillar of the country. The Party’s leadership is a decisive factor for the national stability and development,” he said.

The Cotec leader expressed his wish that this Congress would continue to bring new vitality and confidence to the people.

According to Nghia, the Congress will not only set out political guidelines but also policies on national economic development. From the point of view of a businessman, he said he hoped the Congress will put forth development policies and strategies on both micro and macro scales as well as measures to surmount shortcomings in economic management and monitoring, creating conditions for Vietnamese businesses to develop.

The business circle pays special attention to the Party’s guidelines and hopes the Party will have more equitable and open assessments on the harmonious development of economic sectors in the society, thus creating equality for them to further promote their roles, as well as to speed up the mobilisation of the united strength of the whole nation for national development, he added.

Prof. Dr. Duong Duc Tin from the National Institute of Water Resources, expressed his wish that the 11th Congress will create a hallmark in expanding democracy within the Party and among people.

“Achievements made by the Party over the past are noteworthy, gaining more love and confidence from the people,” he said.

As a senior revolutionary cadre in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang, Hoang Tuan Son said he wants the Party and State’s guidelines to be put into reality through the serious examination and supervision of the implementation at grassroots levels.

According to Duong Sa Kha, Head of the Committee of Ethnic Minorities in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang, the Party has paid due attention to policies for ethnic minorities and national unity.

Soc Trang, which is home to over 380,000 Khmer people, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the province’s population, has received due attention and huge investment through the Party and Government’s programmes, he said, adding that the poverty rate among Khmer people in the province sharply fell from 40 percent in 2006 to 24 percent in 2010.

Most Venerable Thich Duc Thanh, Deputy Head of the Executive Board of the Thua Thien-Hue Buddhist Sangha, said that the Party’s outstanding policy was to help Vietnam actively integrate into the international economy, acquire advanced knowledge and continuously promote national identities, including the religious culture, while its most important successes were recorded in socio-economic development and poverty reduction.

The Party has implemented a consistent policy to respect people’s religious freedom and non-religious rights and create favourable conditions for the operation of each religion in the community, he said, adding that thanks to the Party’s policy, religions have seen strong developments with an increasing number of followers and places of worship./.