Occasion for Important Turn in Strengthening
Regional Bases of Socialist Construction
First Short Course for Chief Secretaries
of City and County Party Committees Opens
General Secretary Kim Jong Un of the WPK
Makes Opening Address
The first short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees was held at the conference hall of the office building of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea on March 3 at the time when the grand struggle is being waged to achieve the comprehensive development of the Korean-style socialism along the path of sure victory indicated by the ever-victorious WPK.
The short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees, the first of its kind in the history of the WPK, comes to be an important occasion to consolidate the fighting efficiency of the entire Party and develop local economy and improve the people’s standard of living by remarkably enhancing the function and role of the city and county Party organizations which are directly responsible for implementing the Party’s idea and line of attaching importance to cities and counties and strengthening them.
Attending the short course were chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees across the country, chief secretaries of the provincial Party committees and officials of relevant departments of the provincial Party committees.
Also present there were secretaries of the Party Central Committee, directors and first deputy-directors of its relevant departments and its officials related with the local Party work.
Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK, appeared at the hall to guide the first short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees.
All the participants in the short course raised stormy cheers of “hurrah!”, full of great emotion that they came to receive precious instructions of the General Secretary at the General Staff of the Korean revolution which lights up the hearts of the Party members and other people across the country as the symbol of great victory and glory.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un made an opening address.
Kim Jong Un in the address said that after the dissemination of the spirit of the 8th Party Congress and the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee, the short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees was organized above all else in view of special importance attached to the significance of renovating the city and county Party work in shifting all the fronts of socialist construction over to a new stage of development and promoting the balanced and simultaneous development throughout the country.
He referred to the importance of city and county, which are the lowest-level guidance and executive units for the implementation of our Party’s policies, the regional bases directing the rural and local economy and the powerful fortresses supporting the comprehensive development of the country, and to the status of the city and county Party committees.
Noting that our socialist construction that has entered a new phase urgently requires a strong traction power to push ahead with the development of cities and counties on a full-scale, he said that the role of chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees, as the representatives from the Party Central Committee, is very important in making the city and county Party organizations steer the development of their regions.
The chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees are the hard core of our Party in charge of regional bases of socialist construction and the field political workers who are shouldering the heavy responsibilities of taking care of people while living nearest to them, he said, stressing that the decisions of the Party Congress can be thoroughly implemented and our own-style socialism develop and advance rapidly only when they bring about fundamental changes in their work with revolutionary political awareness.
He said that as the 8th Party Congress illuminated important policy orientations for developing cities and counties across the country in an independent and many-sided way, everything now depends on the strenuous efforts and role of the chief secretaries, adding that under the present situation, the Party Central Committee was determined to enhance the level of their working ability and improve their style of work as a priority of the work to provide a new turning point in the development of cities and counties before specially preparing the short course with much care.
He said that through the short course, the chief secretaries should review their overall work before the Party Central Committee and study in a positive, responsible and earnest manner to find a clear way for revitalizing their cities and counties while exchanging and sharing good experiences with correct recognition of the importance of strengthening cities and counties and the political needs.
He stressed that the chief secretaries should deeply bear in mind the heavy duty and sense of responsibility that they are in charge of important strategic fortresses and bases of the Party and the state and earnestly study how to meet the demand and live up to the great expectation of the people by turning the areas in their charge into socialist paradise and how to turn them into an iron fortress, an inviolable cornerstone impregnably defending the Party and the state.
He stressed that the chief secretaries should deeply grasp the principles and methods of the Juche-oriented Party work, the embodiment of the people-first principle, and bear in mind the methodologies for bringing about a decisive turn in the work of the city and county Party committees one after another with a viewpoint of substantially consolidating their political and practical qualifications and ability to lead their regions.
Expressing the belief that as the short course is the first sectional meeting for implementing the decisions of the 8th Party Congress, it would be an important occasion to bring about a fundamental innovation in the ideological viewpoint, work style, qualification and mental and moral trait of the chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees and provide a fresh turning point in the development of cities and counties as planned and intended by the Party Central Committee, he declared the first short course for chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees open.
There took place a meeting, as part of the short course, to comprehensively analyze the work done by the chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees in recent years, review successes, experience and mistakes revealed in it and their causes and take measures for practical improvement.
Jo Yong Won, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and secretary in charge of the organizational affairs of the Party Central Committee, made a report calling upon the chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees to thoroughly implement the Party’s line and policy of strengthening cities and counties by directing their efforts into the Party work.
Referring to the important ideologies and theories and policies advanced by the WPK for the development of cities and counties in every period of the developing revolution and their great vitality, he introduced the experiences gained by the chief secretaries who have been making marked successes in developing their cities and counties true to the intention of the Party Central Committee.
The report made an anatomical analysis of shortcomings being revealed in the work of some chief secretaries and some city and county Party committees.
The report sharply censured the shortcomings of making light of the Party’s internal work and failing to properly give Party guidance, policy-oriented guidance to the administrative and economic work and the deviations of improperly applying the Party’s people-first politics.
Jo Yong Won said the present situation shows that if we fail to direct efforts to the Party’s internal work, work with the people, and keep the revolutionary climate throughout the Party while laying stress only on the administrative and economic work, ours cannot be the living Party work and revolutionary guidance to actually strengthen the Party and the revolutionary ranks into an integral whole and accelerate the speed of advance of the revolution.
The report stressed the need for the city and county Party committees to thoroughly carry out the Party’s line and policy of strengthening cities and counties by becoming a powerful engine leading the development of their regions and masters of city and county economies as required by the era and the developing revolution.
Jo Yong Won called on all the chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees to fulfill their responsibility and duty as befitting the regional aides to the Party Central Committee in vigorously arousing officials, Party members and other working people to the struggle for implementing the decisions made at the 8th Party Congress and the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee.
Made public at the meeting was the city and county standings decided by the Party Central Committee on the basis of the appraisal of the city and county Party committees’ implementation of Party policies.
Then speeches were made.
The first short course for the chief secretaries of the city and county Party committees continues.