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National Assembly deputies comment on Party documents

VietNamNet Bridge – National Assembly deputies spent one day, October 28, to contribute their opinions to the draft documents of the upcoming 11th National Party Congress.

Deputy Nguyen Van Thuan, Chair of the National Assembly’s Committee for Law.

Deputy Nguyen Van Thuan, Chair of the National Assembly’s Committee for Law, said that more private businesspeople should be admitted to the Communist Party, for the following reasons:

At the 6th National Party Congress, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) decided to perform the renovation policy (Doi Moi), to turn Vietnam’s planned economy into the market-oriented economy. Along with the Doi Moi policy, the Party has approved five economic sectors, including the private sector.

At the 9th National Party Congress, the CPV confirmed the development of many kinds of markets, including the labor market. Labor has been recognised as one of a market goods. Vietnam has also had the Day for Businesspeople. These are the core changes of the nature of the CPV.

“The CPV is the pioneer of the worker class and the Vietnamese people. Therefore, it is the Party of the entire people. Why does the Party hesitate to admit private businesspeople?” Thuan analysed.

He also touched upon an important issue: How does the CPV lead the State?

Thuan said that the current situation is different from the wartime so the CPV should not make all decisions. He cited the north-south express railway as an example, saying that in this case, the Party allowed the National Assembly to discuss and make decisions, which is supported by the people.

Deputy Pham Thi Loan.

“To implement the Party’s resolutions in the society, the resolutions must become law. The Party’s resolutions are only effective with Party members. The society does not have the responsibility to accept them,” he said.

According to Thuan, the power of the National Assembly and People’s Councils (the representative body of the people at grassroots levels) is not strong because of historical factors. In the wartime, the country needed a strong government and strong People’s Committees (local governments), not a strong National Assembly and strong People’s Councils.

However, today, when Vietnam builds a state of law, all institutions (government, National Assembly, CPV) must be strong. Each institution should only do its job, not the jobs of other institutions, Thuan said.

“We build a state of law but we don’t obey the rules. The CPV is the leader but it must lead on the following principle: letting the National Assembly and the government to engage in discussion. These two institutions will then report to the CPV. The CPV considers and make the final decisions. The CPV should not do the jobs of the National Assembly and the government.”

Hanoi’s deputy Pham Thi Loan said that the CPV’s political creeds writes: “The CPV has to have a thorough grasp of and politically apply the Marxism-Leninism and the Ho Chi Minh thought.” There is no matter with the Ho Chi Minh thought but is Marxism-Leninism is still the guidline that Vietnam follows? Loan wondered.

She suggested reconsidering this point, based on Vietnam’s development and reality.

Loan also questioned the concept of “socialist-oriented market economy” in the CPV’s documents and the contrary between the concepts of “market economy” and “state economic sector taking the decisive role in the economy”.

““We should consider collective and private economic sectors as the decisive factors in the economy and the state economic sector is the one that directs the economy. The State plays the role of management and control over the economy while State-owned enterprises will be the guide. How many percentage of the country’s GDP and how many jobs that state-owned enterprises contribute to and create to be called as the key economic sector?” Loan remarked.

According to Loan, Vietnam still lacks a mechanism to control the responsibility of state-owned enterprises to the economy.

“It is good that the documents pointed out the real problems in the society,” Loan said.

The 11th National Party Congress will be held in early January 2011. The congress is to review the implementation of the 10-year strategy for national socio-economic development adopted at the 9th Party Congress and decide on another development strategy for the next 10 years.

The Congress will discuss directions, targets and tasks regarding national construction and defence for the 2011-2015 period and elect a new Party Central Committee for the 11th tenure. After that, election of the People’s Councils, the People’s Committees at all levels and the 13th National Assembly will be organized.

The National Party Congress takes place once every five years to elect the new Party Central Committee and the Politburo.

Before the congress, draft documents have been presented for public comments.

Noted by Khanh Linh – Thuy Chung