National Assembly focus on big issues at meeting


HA NOI (VNS) — Socio-economic development, national security, foreign affairs and mid-term finance will be the key issues to debate at the upcoming 11th NA meeting, NA Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said yesterday in Ha Noi. Hung made the remark at the convening of the NA Standing Committee’s 46th session in which the NA expects to complete preparations for the 11th meeting, scheduled for this month. During the three day session, NA deputies will review the implementation of socio-economic development in 2015 and discuss plans for socio-economic development, finance, public investments, and land use from now until 2020. The NA Standing Committee will debate and approve a decree on market management and regulations on the organisation and operation of the Juror.
NA Chairman Hung said the 11th meeting, the last gathering of the 13th legislature, would make decisions for the country’s major matters for the next five years.
At the meeting, a number of positions will be adjusted in order to ensure the State’s smooth operation after the Party Central Committee made personnel changes following the 12th National Party Congress, he said. The top legislator expressed his hope that the NA Standing Committee and relevant agencies would make thorough preparations for the upcoming meeting.
Minister of Planning and Investment (MPI) Bui Quang Vinh yesterday presented reports on socio-economic development outcomes from the last five years, as well as plans for socio-economic development and mid-term public investment in the next five years. The report on socio-economic development last year showed that national GDP grew about 6.68 per cent, the highest increase since 2008.
Around 1,526 communes or 17.1 per cent of total communes nationwide and 15 districts had reached new-style rural standards by the end of last year, according to the report.
More than 1.6 million jobs were created in the same year, 1.6 per cent higher than the target set previously. The unemployment rate hit about 3.29 per cent, meeting the target of below 4 per cent.
The MPI had set targets for the next five years focusing on macro-economic stability, economic restructuring in tandem with growth model reform, democracy, social equality and progress, climate change response, natural resources management, environmental protection, national defence and security, and international integration.
It said in its report on socio-economic plan for the next five years that the target was aimed to turn Viet Nam into a modernised and industrialised country.
Another report presented by Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung revealed that State budget overspending last year hit VND256 trillion (US$11.52 billion), accounting for 6.11 per cent of GDP.
State budget collection was close to VND997 trillion (US$44.9 billion), up nearly VND86 trillion ($3.9 billion) or 9.4 per cent of the estimated figure.
Also yesterday, deputies of the NA Stading Committee heard a report delivered by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on land use plans for 2016-20.

Source: Vietnam News