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National Assembly addresses economy

Update: May, 24/2014 - 08:43
Goods are unloaded at Cat Lai Sea Port in Ho Chi Minh City. The National Assembly has been discussing measures to boost all aspects of the economy, including trade.--VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung

HA NOI (VNS)  — National Assembly deputies yesterdat talked about the 2013 socio-economic development plan and state budget.

They highly applauded the efforts of the Government, ministries and different levels of agencies in tackling the economy's difficulties. However, deputy Tran Hoang Ngan from Ho Chi Minh City said that in the long term, the Government needed to continue economic restructuring and step up institutional reforms.

The Government should also address concerns relating to jobs, environmental pollution, administrative procedures and overloaded hospitals, Ngan said, adding that there was an urgent need to halt unnecessary projects in order to prioritise national strategic defence projects.

Saying the National Assembly should pass a resolution that would help farmers and fishermen maintain a sustainable agriculture sector, Ngan suggested using the VND35 trillion (US$1.6 billion) that the Ministry of Transport saved from halting unnecessary transport infrastructure projects to build ships for fishermen.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from HCM City agreed, saying that one of the top missions for the Government was comprehensively developing the agriculture sector.

He added that the Government had to support fishermen in building ships.

"This is a matter of urgent need," he said.

Regarding state budget issues, Deputy Lich said the State needed to say no to any expenses that were not approved by the National Assembly.

Deputy Vo Thi Dung from HCM City said the Government needed a more detailed analysis on public debts.

Meanwhile, deputy Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam from HCM City suggested that the Government clarify the reason for any unauthorised expenses in the state budget.

Ongoing discussions

In the afternoon, deputies at the seventh session of the 13th National Assembly heard a Government report on a draft law on management and the use of state capital in production and business and discussed a draft law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Viet Nam.

Under current regulations, enterprises are allowed to actively seek business opportunities and expand production and markets, however, provisions related to State-run businesses have not yet been legislated.

Therefore, the issuing of a law on management and the use of state capital in production and business must aim to meet the requirements of State companies in re-organisation and enhancement. The law must also clearly define the State role in capital management.

Regarding the draft law on entry, exit, transit and residence of foreigners in Viet Nam some deputies showed concerns about regulations on temporary residence in the various zones set up for industry and export processing. — VNS

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