Update: 09:18 | 08/05/2018
The Party is holding a one-week meeting to discuss a personnel plan following a series of corruption cases.
Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, at the Party's Central Committee meeting on Monday. Photo courtesy of the Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnam’s Communist Party convened for a grand conference on Monday with promises of improving personnel and providing a system that can be trusted by the people.
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said that the construction of a team of “strategic” officials was of special importance to the development of the Party and the political system.
“It will decide whether the revolution will succeed or fail,” he said in the opening speech of the seventh plenum of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party in Hanoi, which will wrap up on Saturday.
The key gathering, which is held twice a year, will discuss a personal initiative that will cover all levels, including “strategic” officials who are defined as those who excel in management roles and political ethics.
The elite team will have 600 officials who are currently Party and government leaders at central and city/provincial levels. The cadre will serve as the foundation for building future terms of the Party's 200-strong Central Committee, officials said.
Trong said that the majority of top-ranking officials in Vietnam are performing their jobs well, but there are still “shortcomings and limitations.”
“The force of the political system is big, but not yet strong,” he said, adding that Vietnam still lacks competent people in leadership roles.
He said several high-rank officials have damaged their reputations and been caught up in corruption cases.
A number of officials have deliberately violated regulations, causing “serious” losses to the state.
He said the strict handling of recent cases has served as an effective warning to prevent further misconduct.
Trong, 74, took office in 2011 and has been spearheading the country’s corruption crackdown for several years.
Officials attend Vietnam's Communist Party Central Committee conference in Hanoi on Monday. Photo courtesy of Vietnam Government Portal.
Many high-rank officials have been arrested and put on trial as major cases involving top military and police officials are pursued.
The new line-up of the Politburo will be among “the most important personnel issues” to be decided at the ongoing Party's gathering, said Le Hong Hiep, a Vietnam analyst at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, which studies social, political and economic trends in the region.
At a similar gathering last October, the Party fired Nguyen Xuan Anh, the top leader of Da Nang as punishment for misconduct. It also dismissed him from one of the country's most powerful bodies, the Central Committee.
“The plenum is expected to make major personnel decisions that will generate important implications for Vietnam’s political prospects,” Hiep said in a post published on the institute’s website.