|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung delivers the closing speech for the eighth session. Deputies passed eighteen laws and 11 resolutions. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan
HA NOI (VNS) — Eighteen laws and 11 resolutions were passed and 12 draft laws and many important socio-economic issues considered at the eighth session of the 13th National Assembly (NA) that ended yesterday.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, NA office chairman Nguyen Hanh Phuc said the session had completed its schedule over 33 working days.
Delegates spent two thirds of the session reviewing and building laws on implementation of the new Constitution, especially those relating to the organisation of the State, the NA, the People's Court and the People's Procuracy.
Most of the passed laws aim to improve economic institutions, State organisation, human rights, citizens' responsibilities, administration and judicial reform. They are also aimed at the renovation of education, science and technology, the environment and the consolidation of national defence and society security.
Many laws are expected to create positive changes in society and the economy, such as laws on housing, real estate business, investment, tax, and management and use of State capital for investment in production and business.
The NA passed several important resolutions, including an amended resolution on votes of confidence for people holding posts approved by the NA or People's Council.
Another important resolution was on improving the effects of economic restructuring in the fields of public investment, State enterprises and banks.
The NA spent nearly three days questioning ministers of industry and trade, home affairs, transport, labour, invalids and social affairs and the Prime Minister.
Earlier the same day, NA deputies passed two resolutions, one ratifying the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the other on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The first resolution said Viet Nam did not consider Article 2 item 8 in the Convention as a direct legal basis for extradition, saying that extradition was conducted in accordance with Vietnamese law.
It added that Viet Nam would build and fine-tune its legal system suitable to the Convention.
Meanwhile, the resolution ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities underlined Viet Nam's commitment to implementing this Convention in all aspects.
Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) attended the session.
The Torture Convention aims to eradicate cruel and inhumane treatment and punishment. It was approved by the UN resolution in 1984.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 and came into force in 2008. NA deputies also discussed the need for a veterinary law. Currently Viet Nam only has an ordinance on veterinary matters.
Deputies said the declaration of an epidemic had to be quickly announced to limit damage. The drafting committee's report said that the implementation of the Ordinance on Veterinary matters revealed that this would prevent epidemics spreading.
Deputy Tran Van Minh from Quang Ninh Province and deputy Hoang Thi To Nga from Nam Dinh Province said that the responsibility should be given to the chairman of the province where outbreaks of disease occurred.
They said one of the conditions for announcing an epidemic was the availability of a diagnosis by a competent authority identifying the cause of the disease.
Deputy Minh said if the responsibility was given to provincial chairmen, the mobilisation of human resources and the organisation of epidemic control would be more effective.
Deputy Do Van Ve from Thai Binh Province said the law should clarify the indicators for an epidemic.
Deputies also discussed Government responsibilities in epidemics, animal quarantine and slaughtering and the processing of meat products. — VNS