Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was speaking at a January 26 meeting with 150 outstanding scientists and artists to mark the 84th anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the traditional lunar New Year Festival (Tet). The Party Chief briefed them on last year’s good performance in politics, social affairs, culture, education-training, science-technology, national security-defence, external relations and targets for 2014. He also praised their significant contributions to the country’s achievements in 2013 and highlighted their responsibility in training talented young people The Party considers science and technology, and education the top priority for policies and the spiritual foundation of society. It also regards knowledge the decisive factor in all guidelines and policies. The contributions of intellectuals and artists are of great importance, Trong emphasized.