Seminar: Party Elections in Vietnam:The Assessment of the 12th Party Congress



The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) held its 12th national congress from 20 – 28 January 2016. The congress attracted a lot of public attention not only because it reviewed the country’s past thirty years of reforms under Doi Moi (renovation) and set the national socio-economic, political and foreign policy framework for the coming years, but also because of the rumoured internal power struggle for the party’s top job. The seminar will provide an analysis of the congress by examining its actual proceedings, its major outcomes, especially in terms of leadership changes, as well as its broader implications for Vietnam and the region.

The seminar will also address key issues for the economic development ahead. The 12th National Congress has adopted resolutions on socio-economic development of the country, aiming to reach sustainable high growth and development in the next 5 years. For the first time, Vietnam’s business community will face strong competition in its domestic market, while at the same time the government faces sturdy external pressure to reform its institutions and market economy as well as the quality of manpower.


Le Hong Hiep is Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, and Lecturer at the Faculty of International Relations, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City. Hiep earned his PhD in Politics from the University of New South Wales in 2015. Before becoming an academic, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam from 2004 to 2006. Hiep’s scholarly articles and analyses have been published in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Asian Politics & Policy, Southeast Asian Affairs, Korean Journal of Defence Analysis, ASPI Strategic Insights, American Review, and The Diplomat.

Le Dang Doanh is currently a Senior Fellow at the Economic College, Hanoi National University (HNU) and member of the Scholar Board of the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM). Before that, Dr Le Dang Doanh was a senior economist and advisor to the Minister of Planning and Investment until his retirement in July 2007. Dr Le has also been a member of the (advisory) research commission of the Prime Minister of Vietnam from 1993 until June 2006; the president of the Central Institute of Economic Management (CIEM) between 1993 and 2001; vice-president of the CIEM from 1990 to 1993; and the senior economist to the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Van Linh from 1989 until 1990. In addition, Dr Le has lectured at universities and academies in Hanoi, and spent time as a visiting professor at the Nihon University in Tokyo. He has served on various boards and committees, including the commission for state-owned enterprise reform; the research group of the Prime Minister for socio-economic and administration reform; the commission for finance and monetary policy; the Vietnam-Japan Research Council; and the commission for finance and foreign exchange in East and South East Asia of the Ministry of Finance of Japan, nominated by Minister Myazawa.

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Mar 03 2016


10:00 am - 12:00 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2