PM presides over Central Steering Committee on Defensive Areas’ first session

Wednesday, 2017-08-23 17:54:13
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presides over the first session of the Central Steering Committee on Defensive Areas, Hanoi, August 23. (Credit: VGP)
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NDO – The Central Steering Committee on Defensive Areas (CSCSA) convened its first session in Hanoi, on August 23, under the chair of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The conference assessed the results of CSCSA’s direction on building and operating defensive areas in 2016 and the first six months of 2017, while defining the directions and tasks for the last months of 2017 and into 2018, in addition to discussing policies and measures needed to improve the quality and effectiveness of the CSCSA’s operations.

Speaking at the event, PM Phuc, who is also Head of the CSCSA, said that in the context of changing domestic and global situation, the Central Military Commission, the Government and the Ministry of Defence have directed the construction of defensive areas, an important task in the national defence work.

The building of defensive areas has made important contributions to the cause of national construction and defence, to the protection of national sovereignty and territorial integrity and to the maintenance of a peaceful environment for the country’s development, he affirmed.

PM Phuc stated the requirement to promote the combined strength of the whole political system and the people in the building of defensive areas, while striving to successfully implement the Politburo's Resolution No. 28-NQ/TW (tenth tenure) on continuously building centrally-run provinces and cities into a strong defensive area in the new situation.

The government leader also set the task of raising public awareness on building defensive areas, towards combining both economic development and national defence.

According to reports released at the conference, the Central Steering Committee has consulted with the Party, State and local governments on military tasks, policy planning and perfecting the legal system, while formulating socio-economic development strategies in association with national defensive consolidation and mapping out measures to deal with security and defence relations.

The committee has directed the Ministry of Defence to coordinate with the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to promulgate a decision on the establishment of Regional Military Steering Committee on Defensive Areas.

In the near future, the CSCSA will focus on directing its relevant units and localities to closely coordinate with the police and army forces in protecting political security and national sovereignty, while absolutely safeguarding the APEC Summit, to be held in November in Da Nang city.

Another important task is improving the quality of education and training regarding national defence and security, in addition to effectively performing the function of advising the Party, the State and the Government on socio-economic development in association with ensuring national defence and security, as well as building strong defensive areas across localities.