Vietnam's defence industrial development enshrined in new constitution

10 December 2013

Vietnam introduced a new constitution on 9 December reiterating its ambition to develop its defence industrial base and reduce dependency on foreign military imports.

The constitution, which takes effect from 1 January 2014, outlines a commitment for Vietnam to "build the defence industry" and provide a guarantee to equip the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) with modern materiel.

Linking the prosperity of the country with the development of both the defence industrial base and the VPA, the constitution also calls for the national defence and security sector to help promote economic growth within the country.

Hanoi said that new constitution, which replaces the existing 1992 charter, is also focused on strengthening Vietnam's political structures and promoting the country's continued integration into the global economic market.

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