Fatherland Front opens eighth Congress

HA NOI (VNS)— The eighth Congress of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) which opened in Ha Noi yesterday was attended by 1,008 delegates from all walks of life, ethnic groups and religions, as well as members of the armed forces and overseas Vietnamese communities.

The two-day event, themed "Solidarity-Democracy-Innovation",was attended by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, President Truong Tan Sang, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung, and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Addressing participants, VFF Central Committee President Nguyen Thien Nhan said the event would focus on reviewing the status of the national solidarity bloc and the outcomes of implementing the front's action plan from 2009-2014, and setting out goals and an action plan for the 2014-19 term.

The Congress was also scheduled to pass a revised VFF Charter, he said.

Nhan said that in the context of changing the domestic and global situation, it was necessary for VFF to research issues carefully to strengthen social consensus.

Participants also heard a report on the operation of the VFF Central Committee during its seventh tenure, highlighting the results of the front's action plan for the 2009-2014 period and including measures to enhance its role and position.

The report also pointed out a number of shortcomings, including an overlap of campaigns and a slow reform process on all levels.

It said that during its next term, the VFF needed to focus on renewal, both in terms of operational content and practical measures used to mobilise the national solidarity bloc.

It also underlined the need to enhance the capacity of the entire front system to realistically respond to needs.

Party General Secretary Trong said one of the VFF's top priorities for the future was to continue building and strengthening national unity and to ensure social consensus in thoughts and actions.

He said the VFF should also work harder to engage people from all walks of life in the implementation of Party and State policies with the common objective of safeguarding national independence and sovereignty, maintaining socio-political stability, and developing a prosperous and civilised country.

The Party leader urged the VFF to promote the vanguard role of the working class and the large potential of farmers, intellectuals and businesses, while increasing the connections between the classes.

Efforts were also needed to boost the recognition of outstanding individuals from all ethnic groups and religions, as well as in the overseas Vietnamese community.

The Party chief asked the Front to engage in poverty reduction, preserve national culture. He called on the entire people to become involved in Party-building and policy making. —


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