Despite facing many difficulties both at home and abroad, Vietnam successfully fulfilled the two tasks of controlling the epidemic and reviving economic growth, thanks to the Party’s prompt leadership, the National Assembly’s effective supervision and the Government’s bold actions.
Another highlight is the reform in the Party’s leadership method as reflected in the strong fight against corruption, which has exerted a positive effect and become an irreversible trend.
After 12 months, the Vietnamese economy has returned to the pre-pandemic growth orbit, expanding by a higher-than-expected rate of 8%. The macroeconomic situation was fundamentally stable while inflation was kept in check and major balances of the economy were ensured. Many international organisations have made optimistic projections for the Vietnamese economy.
After the National Cultural Conference in late 2021, awareness on this pillar has witnessed positive changes and culture has received adequate investment. Many large cultural and sports events were held, especially the 31st Southeast Asian Games. At the same time, the people-centred social policies were promptly implemented, especially those towards contributors to the nation and those severely affected by COVID-19.
In the field of external relations, Vietnam was elected Vice President of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly and member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 tenure. Vietnam’s election to the Human Rights Council shows the international community’s recognition of the country’s policies, efforts and achievements in exercising the people’s rights to mastery and in protecting human rights.
Concluding a difficult yet proud year, we recollect General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s affirmation that Vietnam has never before enjoyed such a great accomplishment nor had such international prestige as it does today. Indeed, under the Party’s leadership and the people’s support, Vietnam’s stature on the international stage has been increasingly enhanced.
Vietnam is forecast to face more difficulties than advantages, but the achievements in the past year are the foundation for the country to record new miracles. During the development process, it is necessary to tap into internal strengths, ensure political stability, promote active international integration, kindle the development aspiration and the innovation spirit, uphold cultural values and the pioneering role of entrepreneurs.
In 2023, the entire Party, army, people and political system will strive together to successfully realise the socio-economic development targets for 2023, helping to victoriously implement the resolution of the 13th Party Congress, the National Master Plan for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision for 2050, and the Socio-economic Development Strategy for the 2021-2030 period, with a vision for 2045, while affirming Vietnam’s position and role on the international stage.