Party building: Filling in “loopholes” in personnel
Former official Trinh Xuan Thanh (middle) was expelled
from the Party for “serious violations causing public discontent and bring the
Party and the Government into disrepute.”
The Politburo for the first time ever issued a
regulation on keeping power in check in personnel work and fighting the use of
money or influence to gain positions and power.
It is not accidental that Regulation 205/QD-TW was
promulgated at a time when preparations are underway for all-level Party
congresses towards the 13th National Party Congress.
Officials, Party members and the public have shown their
approval of the new regulations, saying that it is a timely move meeting the
needs in personnel preparation for the new term, ensuring that only capable and
prestigious persons are selected for the Party leadership.
In reality there have been many cases when officials use
the power of their positions to form interest groups or put their relatives in
positions in public agencies, which is a serious violation of the principle of
centralized democracy, working regulations and rules on personnel work of the
Party and the State.
Even some high-ranking officials of the Party and the
State committed such violations. One such example is Le Phuoc Thanh, who was
stripped of the position as Secretary of the Party Committee of Quang Nam
province in 2010-2015 tenure for promoting his son who did not have all the
required qualifications. Another case is former standing vice chairman of the
steering committee for southwest region Nguyen Phong Quang, who signed decisions
to appoint more than 30 officials not following regulations. He was later
stripped of all positions in the Party by the Party Central Committee’s
Those are just two among many cases of violations of
personnel rules that have been detected and punished strictly in the recent
past. The abuse of power has become a serious problem, affecting the working
desire of many capable officials and causing disunity.
The identification of the bad practice of paying for
promotion or job assignment in Regulation 205 serves as the foundation for
functional agencies to handle such practice and for officials, Party members,
the public, the Vietnam Fatherland Front and other agencies and mass
organisations to detect and denounce such negative acts.
Regulation 205 also stipulates additional punishments
for violators. Besides disciplinary measures against Party members committing
violations such as warning, reprimanding and dismissing as said in the
Politburo’s Regulation 102-QD/TW, those who engage in or cover up acts relating
to the use of power or money to get promotion or positions can also be removed
from the personnel plan for certain periods, or be excluded from positions in
organization, personnel and inspection work. Those who are expelled from Party
for such violations can be dismissed from their jobs or have their working
contracts end. Those who give or receive bribes, or commit violations to a
certain extent will be subject to criminal liability and handed over to relevant
agencies for investigations and punishment in accordance with the law./.
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh receives
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (R) and
Ambassador-Head of EU Delegation to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh hosted a
reception for Ambassador-Head of EU Delegation to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti in
Hanoi on October 8.
Deputy Minister Vinh affirmed that Vietnam treasures its
relationship with the EU, including defence ties, adding that the Vietnamese
Defence Ministry wants to work closely with the EU Delegation in Vietnam to
further promote defence ties between the two sides.
Vinh welcomed the visit by the Chairman of the EU
Military Committee next year, and expressed his wish that EU will support
Vietnam during the year Vietnam serves as Chair of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2020.
The head of EU Delegation to Vietnam noted the positive
development of the EU-Vietnam relationship, including in the field of defence.
He said the EU hopes Vietnam will continue backing the EU’s engagement in
defence-security structures in Asia-Pacific, including the ASEAN Defence
Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM ).
The same day, Deputy Minister Vinh received the
out-going and new Defence and Military Attachés, Naval Attachés and Air Attachés
of the Thai Embassy in Vietnam.
Vinh told the guests that defence cooperation between
Vietnam and Thailand has grown more effective over the recent past. He said the
Vietnamese Defence Ministry appreciates the work of the Defence and Military
Attaché, Naval Attaché and Air Attaché of Thailand during the past tenure.
The Deputy Defence Minister pledged to create favourable
for the new attachés to fulfill their duty.
He also asked Thailand to support Vietnam when Vietnam
serves as Chair of the ASEAN in 2020.
Vietnam seeks to boost relations with Kalmykia
Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh
Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh paid a
working visit to the Republic of Kalmykia from October 7-9 at the invitation of
Kalmyk President Batu Khasikov.
The visit aimed to explore Kalmykia’s potential and
strengths, as well as similarities and reciprocity between Vietnam and Kalmykia,
in a bid to set up bilateral cooperation in areas of shared concern, the
ambassador told President Khasikov during their meeting on October 7.
Host and guest focused on collaboration in trade,
economy and investment between Vietnamese regions and Russian ones, including
Manh pledged to make all-out efforts to promote
relations between Vietnamese and Russian localities, thus bringing practical
benefits to both sides.
The ambassador briefed his host on bilateral economic
and trade links over the past years, especially after the Vietnam-EAEU Free
Trade Agreement was signed in October 2016.
They shared the view that economic and trade ties are
yet to match the expectations and potential of both sides as many products of
strength have not yet been introduced in their respective markets.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Russia is doing its best to
help localities of the two countries establish relations, Manh said, citing the
formation of twinning relations between many Vietnamese and Russian cities.
Vietnam and Russia hold great potential for cooperation
in agriculture, especially agricultural products, seafood, garments-textiles,
footwear and tourism services, the ambassador said.
For his part, President Khasikov suggested Vietnam and
Kalmykia optimize each other’s favourable geographical locations to boost
economic and trade links.
He expressed his hope to visit Vietnam as soon as
possible in order to learn about the country’s potential as well as
opportunities for further collaboration with the Southeast Asian nation.
While in Kalmykia, Manh and his entourage visited the
National Museum and the Kalmyk State University./.
Party Central Committee discuss draft reports on 11th
plenum's second day
The second working day of the Party Central Committee's
The Party Central Committee (PCC) discussed at the hall
the draft Political Report and the draft report on 10-year implementation of the
Platform on national construction during the transitional period to socialism
(revised and supplemented in 2011) in the morning of October 8.
The discussion was run by Tran Quoc Vuong, Politburo
member and standing member of the PCC Secretariat.
In the afternoon, PCC members and other delegates worked
in groups, debating the draft report on the implementation of the socio-economic
strategy for 2011-2020 and building a strategy for 2021-2030; and another on the
socio-economic situation during 2016-2020, along with the five-year plan for
socio-economic development from 2021-2025.
The PCC’s 11th plenum opened on October 7.
Vinh Phuc province streamlines administrative
The northern province of Vinh Phuc is pushing the review
of functions, tasks, power and organization of provincial and district-level
departments of the local administrations with a view to streamlining the
At the same time, the province continues to work to
reduce the number of staff on State payroll by at least 10 percent compared to
2015, while trying to recruit young scientists and students newly graduating
from universities with outstanding academic results to work in spearhead sectors
such as health care, education, construction, transport, economic affairs, and
natural resources and environmental protection.
Vinh Phuc is also focusing efforts on implementing tasks
set in the Notice 130-KL/TU dated May 10 this year in merging centres and
reshuffle financial funds outside the State budget.
Deputy director of the provincial Home Affairs
Department Hoang Thanh said after three years implementing Project 01-DA/TU of
the provincial Party Committee’s standing board and related resolutions of the
Party, the apparatus from provincial to grassroots levels has become more
compact and efficient, reducing overlapping in tasks and power as well as
He cited as an example that three sub-divisions
(irrigation, land management and environmental protection) and 58 sections in
provincial-level departments and agencies have been resolved. The number of
public non-productive units in the province has been reduced by 106, including
49 units in the education-training sector, 14 in health care, and 16 in
all-level project management. /.