Government members respond to questions regarding performance

Update: November, 17/2015 - 09:44
Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Assembly's (NA) question-and-answer session, during which NA deputies would make inquires to Government members on matters related to the country's hotly debated issues and the implementation of its socio-economic development goals, started yesterday in Ha Noi.

The event, which would see the entire cabinet including the Prime Minister being asked questions by NA deputies, was scheduled to last for two and a half days and broadcasted live across the country.

The session began with deputy PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Chief Judge of the Supreme People's Court Truong Hoa Binh and Prosecutor General of the Supreme People's Procuracy Nguyen Hoa Binh presenting reports on the implementation of NA's resolution on supervision activities.

Pesticide control

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

Deputy Nguyen Van Tuyet from southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province said that many companies specialising in plant protection were concerned over recent tightened regulations on the management of plant protection products, which specified that companies were only allowed to register one brand for one type of chemical in their products.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said there were more than 4,100 brands of plant protection products used across the country. Phat said that it posed a great challenge for authorities to supervise and manage that many brands of products, the majority of which have foreign-language names.

"Many times we found they were only slightly different from each other yet they were registered under different names. With more than 4,100 brands of products circulating in the market even the ministry's specialists were having trouble remember them all," Phat said.

He stressed that the purpose behind the tightened regulations was to improve the authority's management over plant protection products, protect farmers' interests and help to combat the rampant abuse of pesticides in agricultural production.

In response to deputies To Van Tam and Truong Van Vo questions on the process of reforestation in numerous hydro-power projects, Trade and Industry Minister Vu Huy Hoang said the ministry would continue to push said projects' management units to speed up the reforestation.

He said that projects must submit a plan to replant the required forest area to the ministry for approval. Failing to implement their plans would put them at risk of penalties or even having their business licenses taken away.

Answering a question regarding the current process for companies to register as high-tech businesses the trade and industry minister said his ministry was in the process of building a set of categories to help companies declare and identify themselves as high-tech enterprises, which would facilitate their access to Government's funding and support.


Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

In the afternoon session, deputies continued to inquire about other topics that have attracted public attention, such as the Ministry of Education and Training's proposal to integrate history studies with other subjects, rather than keeping it as an independent subject.

Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan said students would spend more time studying history under the ministry's proposal after it was integrated with other subjects in schools.

He also said that the ministry was willing to listen to feedback from the public and Vietnamese intellectuals at home and abroad before they decided whether to push ahead with the proposal.

Vocational training

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen. — VNA/VNS Photo Phuong Hoa

Also during the afternoon session, the Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen admitted to slow progress on high-quality vocational training initiatives.

Chuyen said guidelines for occupational training services were expected to be passed by the Government this December.

In the meantime, a pilot model was in the works, and 7,000 out of 12,000 trainees had graduated from 39 kinds of vocational courses signed by the General Directorate of Vocational Training, she revealed.

Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan, in his reply to concerns about the excess of university and collage graduates and the shortage of skilled workers, said the country was short of skilled laborers, but had a surplus of unemployed graduates.

The ministry was focusing on matching trained skills with the job market's needs by consulting businesses and scientists to raise the curricula in universities to international standards, while accelerating technological transfers and international co-operation. — VNS