International journalists affirm CPV’s role in Viet Nam’s renewal achievements

Update: 11:22 | 29/01/2021
International reporters have affirmed the great role of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV) in leading Viet Nam to success during its 35-year Doi Moi (renewal) process.
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International journalists affirm CPV’s role in Viet Nam’s renewal achievements
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“Viet Nam’s Doi Moi that introduced the market economy and opening-up policies have changed the situation in which Viet Nam has been closed to the outside world for a long time, and made the country open to the world,” said Eileen, a reporter of the Asia-Pacific Daily (APD).

At the same time, the living standards of the local people have been greatly improved, and Viet Nam has entered a period of rapid economic development, she added.

She attributed the achievements of Viet Nam during its renewal process to the leadership role of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (CPV). “The Communist Party of Viet Nam’s right decision to make Viet Nam open to the world contributes to the country’s economic prosperity and enhanced international status,” she noted.

The rise of Viet Nam’s prestige and position is closely related to the nation’s economic development brought by Doi Moi, she said, suggesting that the country should continue to deepen reform and opening-up to achieve greater economic success.

Echoing Eileen’s views, Yimel Díaz Malmierca from Cuba’s Trabajadores newspaper, who is covering the 13th National Congress of the CPV online, said that the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in the economic reforms undertaken by the nation since 1986 has been vital in order not to lose the socialist essence in the national development process.

“The sustained growth of the Vietnamese economy between 7 percent and 9 percent in the last 20 years says a lot about the country and how hard it has worked to bring well-being to its people,” she said.

Meanwhile, Stefan Kühner from the Newspaper of the German Communist Party named “Unsere Zeit”, said he was amazed at the leaps that Viet Nam has gained in the past 35 years since the Doi Moi process, under the leadership of the CPV.

“Doi Moi has grown up at 35! I remember very well the difficult situation of Viet Nam due to the war and the boycott of Viet Nam by the US and other countries. It is amazing what Viet Nam has achieved under the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam in the last 35 years to eradicate poverty to make people's lives better”, the 69-year-old German journalist said.

He also spoke highly of Viet Nam's position in the world. “Viet Nam is active in the UN Security Council to find peaceful solutions to problems. In the ASEAN region, too, Viet Nam proved last year how important the cohesion of countries and peoples is,” he stated.

According to Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, diplomatic editor of The Economic Times of India, Viet Nam is not just a growing economy of the Indo-Pacific region, with its success story since 1986. Today Viet Nam is playing an important role in Southeast Asia.

“The 13th National Party Congress once again proved that the Party is the most important force to hold the country united. A strong Viet Nam is important for regional stability in the Mekong region. A strong Viet Nam is also important to stabilise the South China Sea (East Sea) region,” he stressed.

He also highlighted achievements in the COVID-19 fight as one of the biggest successes of the Communist Party of Viet Nam during 2020, saying it has set a global example.

The ASEAN & East Asia Summits were held by Viet Nam notwithstanding the pandemic, he cited.

Mentioning Viet Nam's renewal process, Hussain Janjua, a senior media professional and analyst having experience of research and broadcast journalism in different organisations, said Doi Moi is the multidimensional reforms in Viet Nam as a result of the 6th National Congress of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (December 1986).

The motto at that time is "look straight at the truth, appreciate the truth, tell the truth", he said, noting that it was the first time the Communist Party of Viet Nam publicly admitted that because of the previous policies of the Party and State, the agricultural and industrial production stagged, inflation was at three digits, and millions of farming families are short of food.

“Regarding the newly established and unstable position of the Communist Party at that time, it's a brave act. Therefore, I think the Communist Party of Viet Nam played an important role to begin the 35-year cause of Doi Moi,” he stated.

Thanks to the tireless efforts by the CPV, Viet Nam has recorded gigantic attainments in all aspects, especially in the economy. For example, in the early years of Doi Moi, the country had a GDP of 14 billion USD and a GDP per capita of only about 250 USD. In 2020, the figures reached 343 billion USD and 3,521 USD, ranking fourth and sixth in ASEAN, respectively.

Besides that, Viet Nam signed 15 free trade agreements (FTAs), has 16 strategic partners and 11 comprehensive strategic partners, and joined more than 500 bilateral and multilateral agreements in many fields, he added.

In 2020, although heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth rate of Viet Nam still reached 2.91 percent, making it one of the fastest-growing economies in the region and the world.

Regarding diplomacy, last year Viet Nam successfully assumed the roles of ASEAN Chair, Chair of the 41st ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41), and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, thus raising its global prestige and position, said Hussain, who is now a non-resident fellow of the Chengdu Institute of World Affairs.

He concluded by quoted Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong at the 13th Congress as saying that "Viet Nam has never had such a solid position and power as today".

After 35 years of implementing the renewal process, Viet Nam has made great, comprehensive and historic achievements in all aspects, with relatively high economic growth, constantly improved people’s living conditions, stable political and social situation, expanded external relations, and increasingly enhanced position in the international arena.

Viet Nam has grown itself into a developing nation with middle income and a dynamic market economy that is rapidly integrating into the world.

The achievements of the aforementioned reform process are the result of the continuous and persistent efforts of the entire Party, people and army through many congress terms, under the right leadership and effective and timely direction of the Party. This is an important premise, creating potentiality, strength and confidence in the country's rapid and sustainable development in the future.

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(Source: VNA)