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Excellencies Ambassadors, Charge D’ Affaires, Representatives of International Organizations in Hanoi,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear comrades and friends,

On behalf of the Government and people of Vietnam, I would like to warmly welcome distinguished guests, comrades and friends to this cordial gathering on the occasion of the National Day of Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

63 years ago, under the leadership of President Ho Chi Minh and the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vietnamese people stood up in the August Revolution to regain national independence, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, which is now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and opening up a new era of independence, freedom and social progress for the nation.

In the spirit of the August Revolution, the Vietnamese people have undergone all challenges to win victory in the struggle for national liberation and reunification and record enormous achievements during more than 22 years of reform and development. The country’s new image and position were created with a goal of building Vietnam into a strong country with wealthy people living in a just, democratic and civilized society.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Comrades and friends,

This year, the Vietnamese people celebrate the National Day at a time when enormous efforts are undertaken to implement the 5-year socio-economic development plan 2006-2010 with a view of bringing the country out of the underdevelopment, creating foundations to build Vietnam into a basically industrialized and modernised nation by 2020. Despite achievements recorded, our country is still facing economic difficulties due to the negative impacts of the world economy. Furthermore, there remain shortcomings and weaknesses in the Vietnamese economy. These are complex difficulties but we believe that they are just short-term challenges. Under the leadership of the Communist Party and State, we are confident that the Vietnamese people will definitely overcome challenges and sustain the economic growth.
Currently, the Government gives top priority to the implementation of 8 measures to control inflation, maintain the macroeconomic stability, secure social safety and sustain an appropriate economic growth. These solutions have produced initial positive results. In the first 6 months this year, the Vietnamese economy grew at 6.5%.The CPI declined, export sharply expanded and trade deficit reduced. FDI reached a record high and the stock market step by step recovered. The flexible exchange rate was introduced and under control. The payment balance was maintained and foreign reserve increased. The political and social stability was firmly maintained.

I therefore would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to international friends for their trust, cooperation and assistance to help Vietnam overcome these current challenges. There are encouraging signs and this shows that the Government is on the right track and our cooperation is effective. 

The year 2008 also marks a new milestone in Vietnam’s full and in-depth integration into the region and the world. Vietnam has ratified the ASEAN Charter and made important contributions to the development of the ASEAN family. Apart from its efforts to accomplish the duty of a non-permanent member of the Security Council and fulfil its regional and international commitments, Vietnam has also actively participated in international efforts to address global issues such as climate change, energy and food security.

In our development path ahead, we understand that there are both opportunities and challenges. However, I am confident that, building on the spirit of the August Revolution and the traditions of the Vietnamese nation together with the valuable support and assistance of international friends, Vietnam will make greater successes in the country’s industrialisation and modernisation.

In this solemn and joyful atmosphere, let me, on behalf of the Government and people of Vietnam, express my sincere thanks to the governments and people all over the world, to the Ambassadors, Charges d’Affairs, Members of Diplomatic Corps and Representatives of International Organisations for your warm sentiments, valuable support and close cooperation. I hope that you will continue to be a firm bridge to promote the relations between our countries and peoples for peace, friendship, cooperation and development.

With that belief, I would like to invite you all to join me in a toast:

 To the prosperity and happiness of Vietnam and her people;
 To the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and other countries and organisations in the region and the world;
 To the good health and happiness of you all.

Thank you.

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