National Assembly Standing Committee convenes 13th session

The feasibility study report of a component project of the Long Thanh International Airport project in the southern province of Dong Nai, which is a magnet to many international investors, is likely to be submitted to the National Assembly in October 2017. The meeting to review the preparation of the Long Thanh Airport project The Ministry of Transport (MoT) chaired a meeting on August 4 to review the preparation process of the project, including land revocation, compensation, and support for resettlement of the affected local residents. According to a report by MoT's Department of Planning and Investment, in June 2017, the National Assembly approved Resolution No.38/2017/QH14 on separating the land revocation, compensation, and support for resettlement into a different component project in which the government asked Dong Nai and relevant ministries to do a feasibility study and submit it to the National Assembly for approval in October 2017. The Minister of Transport raised concerns that the biggest problem in the feasibility report is the source of money. The NA Standing Committee said that based on the obtained information and the latest updated prices from the Dong Nai People’s Committee, the total estimated cost for site clearance, including the construction of resettlement and cemetery areas, is about VND23 trillion ($1 billion). The government agreed to provide the Long Thanh project with VND5 trillion ($220 million) for the medium- and long-term plans on site…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs needs to set up a council to assess and define poor districts in order to support fast and sustainable poverty reduction, Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue said yesterday. He made the statement while chairing National Steering Committee on national targeted programmes between 2016 and 2020. Hue said that despite achievements in implementing programmes on building new-style rural areas and reducing poverty, these had not been evenly carried out across the country. According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the total State budget for national targeted programmes is VND15.231 trillion. Most localities are accelerating implementation of their programmes. However, the fund disbursement nationwide for this purpose in the first six months of the year remained low, reaching only 13.09 per cent of target. In light of the slow disbursement rate, the rate of public investment disbursement surged in July compared to June and the same period last year, Hue said. However, it only brought the disbursement rate in the first seven months to 30 per cent. “The disbursement speed has made progress but has not reached targets, especially in disbursing public investment capitals,” he said. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said that national targeted programmes on building new-style rural areas and sustainably reducing poverty had been combined  with a focus on increasing investment by allocating resources for a five-year cycle instead of annual investment. The Deputy Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Planning and…... [read more]

In the first week of November, Vietnam signed a protocol on its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva after more than 11 years of negotiations. In the second week, Asian countries agreed to nominate Vietnam as the only Asian candidate for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the 2008-09 term. In the third week, Vietnam successfully organised the 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, leaving a good impression on international friends. The last week saw the successful organisation of the 10th session of the 11th National Assembly to decide on many national important issues. Vietnam’s admission to the WTO marked a new step in its process of integrating ever more deeply into the world economy. This was an important socio-political and economic event affirming Vietnam’s role and position in the international arena as well as opening up great opportunities for the country to expand export markets for commodities and services, cooperate with new partners, attract more foreign direct investment, speed up economic restructuring and create a favourable legal basis for settling trade disputes to serve national industrialisation and modernisation. However, Vietnam will face numerous challenges. Economic competition will become fiercer, even on a larger scale, to put stronger pressure on enterprises, particularly those which rely on State subsidy. If proper policies and solutions are hard to come by, there will be a high risk of bankruptcy among a segment of businesses, compulsory redundancy and wide division between rich and poor. To be sure, deeper economic integration…... [read more]

The 11th National Assembly (2002 - 2007) operated in the early years of the new century and new millennium. In this period, the world panorama was painted with contradictory colours. The global economy and social productive forces continued to develop vigorously and labour alliance and division, and international cooperation and integration became deeper. At the same time, unpredictable developments took place in the world’s political life. In this social setting, Vietnam obtained major successes after more than 15 years of national renewal while facing many challenges and difficulties. The 11th NA was aware of this inevitable trend for national development in the new era, and fully realised the Party’s guidelines on further national renewal, industrialisation, modernisation and international economic integration. It inherited and promoted the achievements and lessons of the previous NAs to make new and important progress, contributing to the nation’s common achievements, deserving the people’s confidence and meeting their wishes. This statement can be proved as follow: First, the 11th NA has successfully renewed itself in carrying out its functions and tasks. Much progress has been made in its law-making process. Over the last five years, the NA adopted 84 laws and codes and 15 law-binding resolutions. The NA Standing Committee considered and passed 31 legal documents. The bills were carefully prepared to be more specific and closer to reality. Supervision activities have been renewed in both content and form. The NA focused on handling urgent issues of public concern such as corruption, waste of public property, unplanned…... [read more]

There might be diverse approaches from which come principles, terms of reference or indicators to handle different situations. Here I shall mention only three major principles we often follow. Firstly, we should base ourselves on the principle, securing the Party leadership, as affirmed in Article 4 of the Constitution. The Party leads the State and the society. This is a constitutional function and the principle of Party leadership. NA deputies who are Party members must strictly abide by Party guidelines and convince others to follow them to handle issues subject to different opinions. Meanwhile, they should listen tentatively and ask the Party to gather opinions from other NA deputies and voters to improve Party guidelines to gain popularity and comply with the law, avoid hastiness and imposition of subjective ideas. Secondly, we should rely on the principle The law is supreme, as affirmed by many Party documents and State laws. The socialist law-governed State administers the country by law. NA deputies who are Party or non-Party members should rely on the law and handle issues by law when confronting diverse opinions. In case of a State with a ruling Party, any Party committees and Party members should set an example in obeying the Constitution and laws. Thirdly, we should also base ourselves on the principle Popular content is the root. The people are the permanent root. The Party and State are a historical category. They should place the nation’s interests above all to handle matters involving contradictory opinions. The Party’s…... [read more]

During the session, NA deputies reached a high consensus on the content of the key-note speech given by Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh and discussed important issues such as assessing the results of the election of NA deputies for the 12th legislature, gathering opinions from voters, deciding on the organisation of State apparatus and approving State budget for 2005. They also discussed the socio-economic situation in the first half of this year, solutions for pushing up socio-economic development for the remaining months, amendments and supplements to some articles of the anti-Corruption Law, amendments to the ordinance-making process for 2007 and the decision to shorten the 12th NA term. NA deputies praised the results of the election of the 12th NA deputies as a great success, ensuring the election was conducted in a democratic, safe and lawful manner and reached the highest ever number of voters. This great success showed that the political awareness, civil responsibility and democratic activities of the entire population have been significantly improved, testifying to the people’s implicit trust in the Party and State. The NA adopted the list of 493 competent and qualified NA deputies: -473 deputies achieve tertiary education and more (95.94 percent), of whom 164 have MA degrees (33.27 percent) -deputies from ethnic minorities: 87 (17.65 percent) -women deputies: 127 (25.76 percent) -non-Party member deputies: 43 (8.72 percent) -religious deputies: 14 (2.84 percent) -young deputies (under 40 years old): 68 (13.79 percent) -deputies from enterprises: 21 (4.26 percent) -re-elected deputies: 136 (27.5 percent)…... [read more]

In the past four years, the NA did a lot of work with a high sense of responsibility, at a time when the entire people were engaged in implementing the Resolution of the 10th National Party Congress, for the benefit of national industrialisation and modernization in spite of numerous difficulties caused by the global economic downturn. At their final session, NA deputies had a hot debate, received many constructive opinions, and finally reached a high consensus on major issues, such as curbing inflation and implementing key projects on hydroelectric power plants and oil refinery. They voiced voter concerns over a sharp increase in medicine prices, shortage of schools for children, environmental pollution and traffic congestion and try their best to meet people’s expectations. NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong stated that the great success of the 12th NA was well reflected in the detailed reports of the NA, the State President, the Government, the Prime Minister and State agencies. Voters were very delighted at the efforts of mass media to keep mass organizations, businesses and individuals updated on changes in policies and laws. Important discussions during the final session were broadcast live on Vietnam Television (VTV) and Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV). However, some deputies pointed out that there remain a number of shortcomings to be addressed as ineffective inspection work, improper mechanisms for dealing with complaints and denunciations and weak coordination among NA agencies and between NA agencies and other functional bodies when it comes to deciding on important…... [read more]

Looking back on the past NA tenures, in addition to the achievements recorded in legislature, supervision, and deciding important national matters, one of the priorities of the current NA will be promoting democracy in all its activities. This is necessary to ensure the Party’s leadership in making decisions based on the majority of votes approving an NA law or resolution. It is also important for creating favourable conditions for each NA deputy to state and discuss their detailed viewpoint of the NA’s authority. Many key national projects and important national matters have been carefully considered before making decisions. Transparency, publicity and democracy have helped make the NA’s activities more effective and practical. Most NA deputies have successfully fulfilled their tasks as representatives of the voters’ aspirations. Every NA deputy has shown their brainpower and strong stance at the plenary session and NA forums, making contributions to the overall success of the NA. The deputies’ responsibility and seriousness towards managing NA activities has formed a specific culture of behaviour at NA sessions. The whole-hearted, sincere speeches by NA deputies reflect their concentrated thinking, high sense of responsibility and firm stance that will win the trust and faith of the voters. In the context of both challenges and advantages, the 13th NA has the great honour and responsibility of promoting the achievements and experiences of the previous NA tenures, and continuing the reforms towards democracy in all NA sessions. At the first session of the 13th NA, almost all the deputies focused…... [read more]

Standing Committee first session focused on improving NA operations The spirit of renewal was clearly demonstrated through discussions of national issues in a democratic and open manner. Addressing a press briefing after the first session of the 13th NA Standing Committee, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung affirmed that the session had achieved a high consensus. Many important issues were approved by an overwhelming vote, even 100 percent at some stage. In only two days (August 22-23), the NA Standing Committee exchanged opinions on such issues as improving the quality and efficiency of NA operations, and supplements and amendments to some draft laws on archives, complaints and denunciation, and measurement. It also drew up an agenda for the second session. Relevant agencies of the 12th NA had to collect opinions from previous seminars and revise legal documents before submitting them to the NA for consideration and approval. So, all issues tabled at this session were well prepared and highly qualitative. The second session of the 13th NA is scheduled to take place in October during which the NA will consider approving six laws and one resolution, give opinions on 13 other draft laws, and discuss important issues, related to the five-year socio- economic development plan for 2011-2015. The draft laws to be submitted to the NA for approval at the next session had been revised at the previous sessions of the 12th NA. However, most of the 13th NA deputies have not yet grasped them thoroughly. For that reason, related agencies need…... [read more]

NA deputies are taking on new challenges with heavy duties and responsibilities to deal with national issues in line with people’s aspirations and expectations. The election of the 13th NA, the country’s important political event in 2011 was very successful with 99,51 percent of voters going to the polls to elect a total number of 500 NA deputies. The high turnout was undoubtedly a vote of confidence in the role of the NA as the top powerful State body of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam fully capable of deciding national important issues. Over the past 65 years since the first general election on January 6, 1946, the NA has joined hands with the whole Party, army and people in the struggle for national independence and socialist construction to ensure freedom and happiness for all people in the process of building Vietnam into a powerful nation. In the new period of national development, every deputy is required to take advantage of opportunities to overcome challenges arising from the Doi Moi (Renewal) process which aims to lay the groundwork for building the country into a modern industralised one with rich people living in an equal, democratic and civilised society. With its important mission, the 13th NA will adopt guidelines, policies and effective measures to realize this goal. Voters wish that the legislative body will continue revamping the legal system in a synchronous manner and institutionalizing the Party resolutions to serve the process of national development and improve people’s livelihood. The NA needs…... [read more]

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