National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (L) and VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan. — Photo VGP
HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung stressed that the quality of candidates is the most important factor of the upcoming election of deputies to the 14th NA and People's Councils at all levels for 2016-2021.
The chief legislator, who is also chairman of the National Election Council (NEC), made the remarks at a conference on coordination this year between the NA's Standing Committee and the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC)'s Presidium in Ha Noi yesterday.
He said he hopes that the VFFCC's Presidium will closely work with the NA's Standing Committee and the NEC for the success of the elections, an important political event for the country.
The NA Chairman urged the two agencies to work closely together in building laws as well as in collecting voters' opinions and supervising the settlement of people's complaints and petitions.
VFFCC President Nguyen Thien Nhan said the VFF will continue to popularise the election, especially its new points, for social organisations and people from all walks of life.
The VFF will also continue to partner with the NA's Standing Committee in lawmaking and supervision, and other legislative activities, he said.
Other participants suggested reforming the coordination mechanism to allow the VFFCC Presidium to be involved in the law-building process from the beginning of the law-drafting procedure.
NA Committee convenes
The National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs convened its 14th plenary session in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong yesterday to prepare for the upcoming National Assembly sitting.
At the event chaired by the committee's Deputy Head Bui Sy Loi, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen delivered the Government's draft report on the management and use of social insurance funds.
As of late 2015, overdue payments of compulsory social insurance amounted to VND5.69 trillion ($258.6 million), 60 per cent of which was owed by non-State businesses. Overdue payments of unemployment insurance hit VND315 billion ($14.3 million), according to the report.
The minister took the occasion to urge the NA to increase supervision of the enforcement of the Law on Social Insurance at central and local levels as well as revise the Labour Code to fix flaws regarding wages as a base to calculate social insurance payments.
As of December 31, 2015, more than 12.29 million people were covered by social insurance, 12 million of whom joined compulsory social insurance, or 24.44 per cent of the total workforce.
Over 225,000 people joined a voluntary social insurance scheme.
The committee also pointed to the slow progress of building and issuing legal documents in the field last year.
The session also mulled over the Government report on the implementation of the national target programme on gender equality for 2015 and for the broader period of 2011-2015.
Today, participants are due to listen to a report on acquiring feedback on the revised Pharmaceuticals Law and draft reports on the committee's performance between the two NA sessions and during the 13th tenure. — VNS