The nine-day party congress is expected to pick a new leadership team and approve the roadmap for national policies for the coming five-year period and beyond. Many analysts estimate that party chief and President Nguyen Phu Trong will continue for a third term and economic, domestic and foreign policy will continue on the trajectory set in 2016 at the last party congress.
The Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) is in a celebratory mood in its 70th anniversary this year. The fact that 1,600 delegates can assemble in a large hall and confabulate face-to-face over nine days bears testimony to Vietnam’s success in curbing Covid-19. The country has reported just over 1,500 infections and 35 deaths in total.