session of the 13th
National Assembly Standing Committee opened in Hanoi on July 11 to discuss preparations for the first session of the 14th
Legislature slated for July 20.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said this is the last meeting of the NA Standing Committee in the 13th
NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presides over the 50th session of the XIIIth NA Standing Committee__Photo: VNA
During the two-day event, deputies are expected to give opinions on the Government’s reports on the implementation of socio-economic development and state budget tasks in the first half of 2016 and solutions for the second half of the year. They will comment on the program on oversight activities of the NA and its Standing Committee for 2017, the law- and ordinance-making program for 2017 and adjustments to the 2016 law- and ordinance-making program.
They will also discuss the structure, organization and composition of the Government in the 14th
tenure of the National Assembly, and a draft decree on specific mechanisms on investment, finance, budget and management decentralization for Da Nang city.
Discussing the Government reports at the meeting, lawmakers agreed that in the first half of this year, Vietnam’s GDP growth rate was 5.52 percent, compared to 6.32 percent of the same period last year. The decrease was attributed to falls in growth of the agriculture and mining sectors.
NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien stated that if no drastic measures were taken, it would be difficult to achieve the GDP growth rate of 6.7 percent set by the legislative body for this year.
The delegates also focused their discussions on measures to boost socio-economic development and maintain national defense and security, stressing the need to carry out incentive policies for families of people with meritorious service to the nation, support people affected by disasters like drought and seawater intrusion, and help inhabitants affected by the recent environmental incident in the four central provinces of Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue.- (VNA/VLLF)