Resolution of the 5th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (8th tenure): Cultural strategy of the Party in the renovation period

(LLCT) - Over 20 years of implementing the Resolution of the 5th Plenum of the Party Central Committee (8th tenure, 1998), Vietnamese culture has achieved a lot of new values and developments that are imbued with national, humane, democratic, scientific and popular spirits. However, the achievements in the field of culture have not been matched with the available potential and have not had strong influence on building up the people's healthy cultural environment. Therefore, it is necessary to further renovate the leadership of the Party and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State management over culture, focusing on building culture inside the Party and the State apparatus. Each executive committee, authority, union, staff and Party member needs to seriously consider their responsibilities in leadership, direction and management, as well as draw on their experiences to implement the Resolutions well in the coming period.

Organization of the political system’s apparatus: The central issue in building a fast and sustainable developmental regime in Vietnam

(LLCT) - If a developmental regime is considered to be the official and unofficial rules stipulating the operation of elements to achieve the purpose of developing the nation, the political regime clearly plays a central and decisive role in its function. A political regime has organic association with the apparatus of the political system, and both the former and the latter become the conditions and premises of each other. The political system’s apparatus is the subject which builds, improves, and operates the developmental regime, of which the political regime is first and foremost. In turn, the political regime stipulates and contributes to the development and improvement of the political system’s apparatus. On this assumption, this article is composed with a desire to explain the roles, positions, meanings, real situations, issues, and solutions to further streamline the political system’s apparatus - a significant factor for the political regime in particular, and for the regime which ensures the fast and sustainable development in the current context.

Renew the training and fostering activities for cadres and civil servants in Vietnam today

(LLCT) - To enhance the quality and efficiency of training and fostering activities for cadres and civil servants in Vietnam today - in order to train a clean, strong, professional, and modern contingent of cadres and civil servants - it is necessary to continue to research the comprehensive and synchronous renewal of our country and review the awareness, procedures, program content, training, and fostering methods we use. We must also review the organizational structure of the training, keeping in mind the recent changes including: consolidation, re-organization of the system of training and fostering facilities, and decentralization of management. Important steps that still need to be taken include building up of a contingent of lecturers, a review of mechanisms of financial management, and prioritizing international cooperation in the training and fostering of cadres and civil servants.

Religious organizations’ participation in protecting the environment and coping with climate change in Vietnam

(LLCT) - In order to make practical contributions to protecting the environment and coping with climate change, in 2015 Vietnam deployed a coordination program between the Vietnamese Fatherland Front, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and religious organizations. So far, the program has attracted the participation of millions of followers of 14 religious organizations and established 322 models of religions protecting the environment and coping with climate change. Based on this practical experience, this article seeks to help clarify the scientific basis of religion in protecting the environment and coping with climate change, especially since religion has the following useful functions: 1) controlling society; 2) uniting society; 3) participating in and dealing with social issues; 4) socializing individuals; 5) building belief.

Manifesto of the Communist Party and the orientation value for the transitional path to socialism in Vietnam

(LLCT) - It has been 170 years since the Manifesto of the Communist Party was born. The value of its theoretical points has remained unchanged up to now. The country on the path to socialism can apply it creatively in accordance with its specific conditions. For Vietnam, the chosen transitional path to socialism is oriented and lightened by the Manifesto and Marxism - Leninism. The vitality of the Manifesto is the constant inspiration which requires us to supplement and develop the theory of socialism and the transitional path to socialism in Vietnam in the new context.

The negative effects of small-scaled farmer mindset on process of new rural areas construction in Vietnam today

(LLCT) - Although there have been remarkable results in the implementation of the National Target Program for New Rural Areas Construction, there remain a lot of limitations and weaknesses which are caused by the negative effect of small-scaled farmer mindset. Analyzing the negative effects of small-scaled farmer mindset, both in awareness as well as in implementation of the new rural areas, will help Vietnam meet the building targets and overcome the negative effects of small-scaled farmer mindset in building new rural areas in the coming period.

Vietnam - Japan economic relations in the early years of the 21st century

(LLCT) - In the early years of the 21st century, the economic relationship between Vietnam and Japan has achieved important results in terms of trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and official development assistance (ODA), helping creating employment and boosting Vietnam’s economic growth. However, this relationship is still modest compared to the potential of each party.

Therefore, the two countries should continue to concretize a "Bilateral strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia" in the economic field: combining Vietnam's great potential of labor and natural resources with Japan's advantages in modern equipment, technology, and capital. We need to continue promoting cooperation, especially in high-tech, manufacturing, and supporting industries.

Launch of Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index 2015

(LLCT) - On the 12th of April 2016, the United Nations Development Program in Vietnam (UNDP), the Centre for Official Fostering and Scientific Research (under the Fatherland Front of Vietnam), and the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies, launched Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) 2015 in Hanoi. In attendance of the ceremony were Prof. Dr. Ta Ngoc Tan, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, H.E. Ms. Beatrice Maser Mallor, Ambassador of Switzerland to Vietnam, and Ms. Pratibha Mehta, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Vietnam.

A nation's power includes not only its hard power (geographical - population, economic, military factors) but also its soft power (political institution, ideology and national strategies (state leaders), and the will of the people in implementing strategies, social values, international relations). Therefore, the study of a country’s soft power should be taken under overall consideration of its comprehensive power.

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