The event was run by General Ngo Xuan Lich, Politburo member, Deputy Secretary of the CMC, and Defense Minister.

Present at the event were Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Head of the Party Central Committee's Organization Commission Pham Minh Chinh, Head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Information and Communications Vo Van Thuong, and leaders of central agencies and Ministry of National Defense, among others.

At the conference

Last year, the CMC, Ministry of National Defense, Party organizations, and chains-of-command at all levels directed the whole military to excellently accomplish the assigned tasks. In details, they actively made recommendations to the Party and State to issue instructions and policies related to military-defense affairs, proposed and carried out military-defense strategies and projects in order to meet all task requirements in the current context, implemented the Politburo’s Conclusion No.16-KL/TW on the organization of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) towards 2021, and built healthy Party organizations and comprehensively strong units.

At the event, delegates discussed thoroughly outcomes of the whole military’s implementation of key military-defense tasks in 2018, and contributed opinions and ideas to draft working plans for 2019.

Concluding the conference, Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong affirmed that the VPA made an important contribution to the achievements of the country’s revolutionary cause in 2018.

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong talking with other delegates at the conference

The Party and State leader pointed out six major tasks for the VPA in the following year. Among them, the CMC and Ministry of National Defense should embrace the situation, do in-depth analyses on the situation, and produce precise forecasts on situational developments so as to make good recommendations to the Party and State on the implementation of military-defense missions, especially in key strategic areas and in the ideological and political front.

In addition, the VPA has to continue streamlining its apparatus, with a focus on military businesses and schools, in line with resolutions and instructions of central agencies.

Moreover, the whole military units should expedite the building of comprehensively strong Party organizations while upholding the glorious tradition of the military of Vietnam and the image of Uncle Ho’s soldiers, he concluded.

Translated by Van Hieu