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New project aims to support legislative research institutes

Update: May, 08/2013 - 09:44

The project, named "Strengthening the Provision and Exchange of Legislative Information among agencies of the National Assembly of Viet Nam,". — Photo CPV

HA NOI (VNS)— A three-year project worth US$1.7 million was laucnhed yesterday to support co-operation among legislative research institutions and the National Assembly's (NA) committees in Viet Nam.

The project, named "Strengthening the Provision and Exchange of Legislative Information among agencies of the National Assembly of Viet Nam," was run by the Institute for Legislative Studies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It will support the institute to ensure that important information and in-depth research are freely available to the NA and its committees and deputies.

This will be a particularly essential resource when the NA's Committee on Law is considering revisions to key laws and the organisation of bodies including the People's Council, People's Committee and People's Procuracy.

Speaking at the project's launching ceremony; the director of the Legislative Studies Institute Dinh Xuan Thao said that the initiative would lead to the improvement of Viet Nam's legal frameworks in the near future.

He added that the country was undergoing a significant development period with focus on making the legal system more fit for purpose and reforming the operations of judicial agencies.

"The need for accessible information and research when deliberating draft laws is essential since the majority of the 500 NA deputies are working part-time and two-thirds are newly elected," Thao said.

The country director of UNDP Viet Nam, Louise Chaberlain, said that Viet Nam's ongoing reform must be aided by the formation of a professional National Assembly support service system, comprising of professional staff, a set of standard parliamentary orders and the capacity to expand quality research to NA committees and deputies.

"A more efficient legislative study institute will lead to better informed deputies who in turn will be able to take more informed decisions on issues that directly affect people's lives, and adopt more inclusive and equitable policies and strategies as Viet Nam continues its international integration," she said. — VNS



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