The fourth National Party Congress:

Completing southern liberation cause for national reunification, pushing the whole country on path to socialism

The fourth National Party Congress was held in Hanoi from December 14-20, 1976, with the participation of 1,008 delegates representing over 1.55 million Party members nationwide.

The fourth National Party Congress held in Hanoi from December 14-20, 1976, with the participation of 1,008 delegates.
The fourth National Party Congress held in Hanoi from December 14-20, 1976, with the participation of 1,008 delegates.

>>> Building socialism in the North and fighting for national reunification

The meeting saw the participation of 29 international delegations.

The congress discussed major lessons from the victory over the American invasion, putting the whole nation ahead on the path to socialism.

The congress heard a political report by the Party Central Committee, a report on orientations and key tasks of the five-year plan during 1976-1980, and a sum up on Party building work and amending the Party Charter.

Analysing the country’s situation in all aspects, the congress outlined the major features of the new period.

Asserting the national road towards socialism, the congress determined the overall direction of the socialist revolution in Vietnam as followed: “Mastering the proletarian dictatorship, promoting collective ownership of the people, and conducting three simultaneous revolutions: the revolution in the relations of production, the science and technology revolutionary, and the ideology and culture revolution, with the focus on the scientific revolution; and promoting socialist industrialisation is the central task of the transition to socialism; building the socialist collective ownership regime, large-scale socialist production, new socialist culture, and new socialist people; eliminating the exploitation of man by man, eliminating poverty and backwardness; constantly being vigilant, strengthening national defence, maintaining political security and social order; successfully building the Vietnam Fatherland with peace, independence, unity and socialism, positively contributing to the struggle of international communities for peace, independence, democracy and socialism."

The congress outlined guidelines and policies throughout that period as of implementing national reconciliation policy, rehabilitating socialist society, healing the wounds of war, and gradually recovering socio-economic, cultural, and educational development; promoting socialist industrialisation; and building technical infrastructure for socialism.

Regarding Party building work, the congress summarised the experience accumulated in recent decades, determining the mission, motto and measures on the work in the new period, guaranteeing the Party’s capacity on par for the new tasks.

The congress decided to take back the original name of the Party as the Communist Party of Vietnam, electing the Party Central Committee with 101 official members 32 alternate members.

The Party Central Committee elected the Politburo with 14 official alternate members. Comrade Le Duan was elected as Party General Secretary.