HCMC held a solemn ceremony on the morning of April 29, to mark the 37th anniversary of the liberation of the south and National Reunification (April 30) as well as the 126th anniversary of International Labour Day (May 1).
Former Secretary-general Le Kha Phieu, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, City Party Chief Le Thanh Hai were among the VIPs attending the ceremony.
Addressing the ceremony, Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, reviewed the immortal lesson and strategic importance of the military offensive and uprising of the people of South Vietnam which led to the Great Spring Victory in 1975. This historical event ended the resistance war for national independence, with the liberation of the south and national reunification and opened a new chapter in national history.
The speeches delivered by Chairman Quan portrayed the victory of the resistance war against US aggression as a convergence of various factors, such as the participation of the entire nation in a just war and the sound and creative revolutionary guidelines of the Party. Vietnam combined the strengths of the nation in that era, and enhanced international solidarity to create the strongest possible force to defeat the foreign invaders.
The speech emphasised the need to promote the revolutionary traditions and the national spirit of solidarity, as well as reject distorted arguments discounting the value and significance of the historic event.
They were victories of trust and justice, the results of long and hard struggle with great sacrifice of people across the country under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
|PM Dung presents the title “Hero of the Armed Force” to three units and six individuals of the city(Photo: SGGP)|
Inheriting and further developing the precious traditions of the forefathers who contributed to the great victory, in recent years, Ho Chi Minh City overcame many difficulties to implement the renewal cause, gaining great socio-economic achievements.
The city Party judiciously combined the strengths of all city residents, and constantly consolidated the political system, further developing democracy and solidarity between all sections of people to create the strongest possible force to build HCMC into a modern city, a large economic, cultural, technological and scientific centre of the country. HCMC also became a bridge for international exchange for the country and the region as well.
He stated that HCMC focused on resolving a number of issues aimed at clearing economic barriers in Vietnam’s biggest economic hub.
They also discussed ways to create a mechanism to mobilize capital from various sources and under different modes to support small and medium enterprises to enable those enterprises to access capital resources, and prevent the increase of bad debts.
City authorities continue their assistance in developing markets and introduce those enterprises’ products to regional and international markets, as well as raise their management ability and competitiveness.
Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan also recommended the level of administrations launch a package assistance programme to help businesses find markets for their products, and care for workers and timely adjust the tax criteria.
He added that HCMC People’s committee would study, assess, and draw up a master plan for the restructuring of the city’s economy and focus on the development of the zones and major sectors and products.
The city leadership continued to grant more privilege in areas of administration, finance, land management, and human-resource development.
On behalf of the Party and State, Prime Minister Dung presented the title “Hero of the Armed Force” to three units and six individuals of the city, the medals of Independence to four individuals and one group, the medals of Labour to two individuals and one group.
The same day, a delegation of the Buddhist Shangla of the central province of Quang Tri paid tributes to war martyrs at the Truong Son cemeteries.