|Looking ahead to a successful 2018|
We are now in 2018, three years on from the assemblage of the 12th National Party Congress. It is also an important year that contributes to the successful accomplishment of the five-year socio-economic development tasks assigned by the congress. (...)
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ushering in many new opportunities and advantages, which our country must be sure to grab hold of. The difficulties and challenges we are faced with must be overcome, with development gaps between Vietnam and other advanced countries gradually narrowed.
Focus must be laid on prioritising the perfection of the socialist-oriented market-based economic institution in line with the resolution issued in the fifth plenary meeting of the 12th Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee. During the process of construction, issuance and implementation of mechanisms, policies, and measures, we must be fully aware of, respect, and properly use all objective laws of the market-based economy and international practices of the time. At the same time, we must ensure that we are keeping in line with the country’s socialist orientation.
(Excerpt from the remarks by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the tele-conference between the government and localities organised on December 28, 2017)
In 2018 we have many advantages, including political and social stability, the country’s increased prestige in the international arena, as well as the people’s enhanced confidence in the country’s development prospects. The country also has big potentials for further development.
(...) The global and domestic situations also have pros and cons, which result in renewed, more complex problems and requirements for the country’s renovation and development.
This is also tied into the protection of national independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity.
Our advantage in labour is waning due to impacts from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As Vietnam’s economy is open to the world’s economy, it will be undoubtedly impacted by the world’s economic situation.
In this context, we must greatly enhance our country’s spirit of solidarity and self-reliance to take advantage of all opportunities and weather all challenges to go forward firmly.
(Excerpt from the responses to the press by State President Tran Dai Quang on the advent of the New Year, 2018)
The government would like to affirm that the Vietnamese economy continues to surge, with comprehensive results made in all sectors, in which all 13 criteria have been either reached or exceeded. This has excited the business community and society as a whole, with people’s confidence renewed.
(…) The government is concentrating on improving the quality of regulatory frameworks, policies, and regulations, with an increase in transparency, healthiness, safety, and effectiveness. Focus is also placed on promoting jurisdiction, improving capacity in state governance and macroeconomic management in order to maintain economic growth, ensuring ongoing societal progress, and raising people’s incomes. Social progress is key to continuing the development of the country’s middle class, and promoting the country’s economic growth.
It is the business community that functions as both the driving force and tool for the government to realise its vision, aspirations, and also better accomplish its commitments.
(Excerpt from the remarks by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the Vietnam Development Forum organised on December 13, 2017)
The year 2018 is both the third year of the 14th National Assembly, and also a transitional year for the implementation of the Five-year Socio-economic Development Plan for the period of 2016-2020. There will be important duties for our National Assembly to complete as we require the legislature to continue the country’s renovation, creativity, and actions.
(...) Particularly in 2018, many laws will be discussed or amended. This requires policymakers and National Assembly bodies to listen to ideas and feedback from constituents, experts, and the general public before passing the laws with the highest quality and feasibility.
Regarding decisions on issues of national importance, the National Assembly must continue to improve the quality of decisions, based on scientific evidence and research.
This is to ensure the national interest adheres to the will and aspirations of the people, and can continue to create positive impacts on the national socio-economic development.
(Excerpt from a writing by National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on the occasion of the 72nd anniversary of the first general election of Vietnam’s National Assembly)