As the 11th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) opens in Hanoi on Jan. 12, the country is at a crossroads in terms of its future development trajectory and, possibly, its international posture.
During the nine-day gathering, the congress is to discuss, revise and approve the document that sets the guidelines for Vietnam's 2011-2020 national socio-economic development strategy as well as the CPV Central Committee's political report. In addition, the nearly 1,400 delegates, representing more than 3.6 million party members in 54,000 grassroots organizations, will elect the new Central Committee. The 160 full members and 21 candidates who make up the committee will in turn elect the 14-member Politburo and the party's secretary-general.
The 2011-2020 economic strategy is a key document for Vietnam's future, as it is meant to shape the next stage in the nation's development. The major contents were revealed by Premier Nguyen Tan Dung in an article published by the Vietnam News Agency.