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Dr. Nguyen Phu Trong Legacy

The leadership of Nguyen Phu Trong is undisputed. He was elected secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam in January 2011. He was also president of the Congress. Since 23 October 2018 he is President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He is de facto the top leader of Vietnam. He graduated in Letters at Hanoi University and received his doctorate in the Soviet Union. President Trong he is one of the most appreciate president in the Vietnam’s history and it is not difficult to understand why he is so pleasant to Vietnamese people.

Nguyen Phu Trong managed to achieve important results on many issues such as economy, safety and management of a tragic situation like Covid-19. In fact, in comparison with Taiwan, South Korea, or New Zealand, all of which have been widely praised for their responses while facing the deadly pandemic, Vietnam can be considered at a disadvantage with a smaller economy, a larger population, and a long and somewhat porous border with China. However – as I wrote in a previous article – Vietnam’s performance against coronavirus turns out one of the most effective in the world. Probably due to the strategy of aggressive tracing and surveillance of potential cases thanks to the strong communist apparatus existing at every level of the society.

Economically, I have just delighted the important growth of Vietnam. In the last few years Vietnam’s economy continued to show fundamental strength and resilience, supported by robust domestic demand and export-oriented manufacturing. Preliminary data indicate that real GDP grew by about 7 percent in 2019, close to the rate reported in 2018, and one of the fastest growth rates in the region. In one of my analysis, I described Vietnam as a paradise for foreign investors. As concerns safety, Nguyen Phu Trong made Vietnam a safe destination for travellers. The agency “The broke Backpacker” described Vietnam as a gem that can be visited safely.

Nguyen Phu Trong represents an important and appreciated character among international leaders and the endorsments that receives from important presidents and prime ministers confirm this aspect. The Chinese leader highlighted the importance that China attaches to developing Vietnam-China relations and his willingness to work with Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong in pushing the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to new heights.

General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos Bounnhang Vorachith also sent his message of congratulations to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, underlining that the election to such an important post showed the belief and high accreditation of the Vietnamese Party, Government, and people towards the outstanding leadership role performed by the Party chief so far. The Lao official said he is confident that under Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong’s leadership in his new post, Vietnam will continue obtaining more significant achievements and the Vietnam-Laos friendship, special solidarity, and comprehensive cooperation will be further enhanced.

Similar messages were cabled to the new President of Vietnam by First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Central Committee Raul Modesto Castro Ruz, and President of the Council of State and Council of Ministers of Cuba Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez. The Cuban leaders wished Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong success in his new post and affirmed their determination to strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation with Vietnam.

By Domenico Greco

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