NA continues questioning ministers of industry and trade, home affairs

November 07, 2019 - 17:15

National Assembly (NA) deputies on Thursday continued questioning Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh and Minister of Home Affairs Lê Vĩnh Tân on issues under their management.


Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh talks at the question and answer session on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn

HÀ NỘI — National Assembly (NA) deputies on Thursday continued questioning Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh and Minister of Home Affairs Lê Vĩnh Tân on issues under their management.
In response to a question raised by deputy Lưu Bình Nhưỡng of Bến Tre province on slow progress of a number of projects, including Long Phú thermal power plant and Bạc Liêu wind power project, Anh said 75 per cent of the Long Phú power project has been completed.

However, Power Machines, the Russian contractor, is on the list of companies embargoed by the US government, so it is not eligible for implementation. Currently, the investor and general contractor have not reached an agreement and the contractor is submitting a lawsuit to an international court.

Anh said he would coordinate with the investor to accelerate the implementation under the direction of the Government.

The Long Phú thermal power project is invested by Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PVN), with a total capital of over VNĐ29.5 trillion. The first unit was expected to be completed by October 30, 2018, and the second by February 29, 2019.

Regarding Bạc Liêu Wind Power Project, the minister said he had received a report from local authorities and had submitted it to the Government.

Commenting on the risk of electricity shortages, which is a concern for many deputies, Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng said despite efforts of the electricity industry, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Vietnam Electricity to meet demand, the development of the electricity system faced huge challenges.

“If we do not adopt an effective and drastic solution to solve the problem, the risk of electricity shortage is high in the coming years,” he said.

Dung emphasised the need to revise the master plan due to changes in electricity structure.

The deputy PM said the Government would take measures to ensure there will be enough electricity for domestic consumption and production.

Priority would be given to removing obstacles for key projects including Thái Bình 2 thermal power project and accelerate the progress of other projects like Quảng Trạch, Nhơn Trạch Thermal Power projects, he said.

Dũng asked the MoIT to supplement a report on Bạc Liêu Wind Power project.

Thanh Hóa province deputy Mai Sỹ Diên raised his concern that enterprises from countries which are being punished by the United States and the European Union might take advantage of Việt Nam's export policies. This might lead to the possibility that Việt Nam would be investigated and face anti-dumping measures, causing damage to genuine Vietnamese businesses.

Anh said there is a list of 25 items that are at risk of commercial fraud under the trade remedy mechanism.

According to Anh, it is necessary to have coordination between the Ministry of Planning and Investment and relevant agencies to instruct localities in preventing trade fraud from monitoring illegal investment.

The minister admitted that there has been a phenomenon of purchasing foreign goods and then assembled or adhered with Vietnamese labels for consumption in the domestic market.

It was an act of infringing upon the interest of consumers and violated the Law on Measurement and Quality and the Consumer Protection Law, he said.

Anh agreed with deputies’ opinions on the need for a legal basis to regulate acts related to the abuse of fraudulent consumption in the Vietnamese market. He also said the MoIT was drafting a circular on the same target.

Employment issues

Recruitment, appointment, policies for cadres, public servants and government employees were among topics raised by deputies during the question and answer session to Lê Vĩnh Tân, Minister of Home Affairs.

Deputy Nguyễn Trường Giang from the province of Đắk Nông asked about the shortage of teachers, especially in mountainous and remote areas as well as in big cities.

The minister said teachers and health workers accounted for 80 per cent of total staff in State apparatus. But many localities reported that there] were not enough teachers and medical staff.

The Ministry of Home Affairs was working with the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Health to verify the situation and address the problem. — VNS