Party leader Trong encourages intellectual development progress
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong asks for favourable conditions so that intellectuals could make contributions to the country at a meeting with the Viet Nam Communist Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
HA NOI — Developing and creating favourable conditions for intellectuals to work and make contributions to the country is the responsibility of the political system and society as a whole, said Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
The Party leader made the statement during a working session yesterday with Viet Nam's Communist Party Central Committee's Commission for Publicity and Education to review Resolution No 27, which aimed to develop a contingent of intellectuals in the national process of industrialisation and modernisation.
Earlier, he visited the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) to find out the actual situation for intellectuals there.
During the session, Trong stressed the resolution's necessity in the context of the country increasingly integrating into the world economy and rapidly developing science and technology.
He said it was integral to assess the resolution after three years to find out what had been done and what had not, to know the reasons, and work out measures to continue bringing the resolution into life.
Trong said the resolution's implementation was very slow, despite the ministries, organisations, cities and provinces that had built programmes and action plans to bring it to life.
According to the Information and Education Department, only 12 out of 23 departments and ministries within 24 of the 63 total cities and provinces thoroughly grasped the resolution.
Similarly, merely six out of 23 departments and ministries, and 17 out of 63 cities and provinces have built action plans to implement the resolution.
Trong blamed the insufficient awareness of the resolution's importance on a lack of co-ordination between concerned offices and difficulties in management and finance.
He urged concerned offices at all levels to draw on the experience and lessons of the last three years to timely overcome limitations above.
The Party considers intellectuals an especially important, creative labour force to further the national process of industrialisation and modernisation.
Developing a strong contingent of intellectuals would raise the nation's brain power and strength, as well as increase the leadership ability of the Party and quality of the political system, said Trong.
He said he hoped that departments, ministries, cities and provinces would support the role of intellectuals and encourage them to contribute to the country.
Trong asked for a focus on education reform, a knowledge-based economy, stronger inspection and co-ordination between concerned offices from central to grassroots levels.
Participants at the working session were also told of the many ministries, cities and provinces with existing programmes and documents to attract intellectuals.
Intellectuals in those places have been given the opportunity to use their creativity to assess the value of many socio-economic development policies.
The quantity and quality of the intellectual environment has also increased in the last three years, said the Information and Education Department.
Yet chairman of the Viet Nam Literature Association, poet Huu Thinh, said despite great efforts in human training, the country was still short of great talent.
It was necessary to pay attention to what intellectuals think and really want, he said.
A representative from the Viet Nam Science and Sociology Institute recommended investing and creating a breakthrough in intellectual development and research on sensitive issues and important matters of the country.
Dinh The Huynh, head of the Party Central Committee's Publicity and Education Commission, and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan also attended the meeting. — VNS