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National Assembly seeks to overhaul policy flaws

Update: May, 27/2015 - 09:46
Nguyen Dinh Quyen (Ha Noi) agreed with suggestions to clearly stipulate what happens to the State Auditing Agency if it fails to report wrong doings in an audited body, and infractions are later discovered. The deputies stressed that the agency should be held responsible in the advent of improper oversight. — Photo vietnamnet

HA NOI (VNS) — A policy overhaul to eliminate flaws in existing guidelines for administrative procedures, paperwork processing, and state collected charges and fees like tolls is sorely needed, Government officials stressed yesterday.

During a presentation a plenary session of the 9th sitting of the National Assembly (NA), the Government raised issue with the ordinance on charges and fees, enforced since January 2001, saying it's no longer suitable to the country's socio-economic development.

The presentation also highlighted how an updated law on charges and fees would conveniently fall in line with ongoing administrative procedure and taxation reforms.

The NA Committee for Financial and Budgetary Affairs agreed on the need for the update and said it must create a comprehensive legal framework for applying and collecting fees that synchronises with other agencies and reforms.

Later on in the day, NA deputies debated revision to the draft Auditing Law. Deputies Nguyen Van Thuyen (Lam Dong), Le Nam Thanh (Thanh Hoa) and Nguyen Dinh Quyen (Ha Noi) said the draft law only specified the rights and obligations of State Auditing Agency, but did not clarify how the agency would be held responsible for any wrong doings.

Nguyen Dinh Quyen (Ha Noi) agreed with suggestions to clearly stipulate what happens to the State Auditing Agency if it fails to report wrong doings in an audited body, and infractions are later discovered. The deputies stressed that the agency should be held responsible in the advent of improper oversight.

Deputies Vuong Dinh Hue (Binh Dinh), Do Van Ve (Thai Binh) and Bui Duc Thu (Lai Chau) agreed with keeping the tenure of the State Auditor at seven years and limited to two tenures.

Hue said that the term rules aimed to ensure that State auditing activities matched international standards. Other countries usually set term limits for the State Auditor that do not coincide with that of other governing representatives.

Disagreeing with Hue, deputy Nguyen An Son said a term for State auditor should be five years, like NA deputies.

Deputy Bui Duc Thu of Lai Chau Province followed up suggesting that no term limits should be stipulated since auditing ministries and agencies can take many years. — VNS

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