NA shows strong performance in 2018: top legislator
Updated : Saturday, January 12, 2019 10:10 AM (GMT+0700)

In 2018, the yearmarking halfway through the National Assembly (NA)’s 14th tenure,the NA completed a great deal of work and received compliments from votersnationwide, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has stated.

National Assembly's Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan - Photo: VNA

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency ahead of the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year), thetop legislator said that the NA debated and passed 16 bills, including therevised Law on Corruption Prevention and Control and the Law on Cyber Security.

During the sixth session, with a high percentage of votes,the NA elected General Secretary of Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trongas the new State President of Vietnam. This was an important political eventfor the country which was highly valued by voters and the public in general,noted the NA leader.

Meanwhile, the NA ratified the Comprehensive and ProgressiveAgreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and related documents, makingVietnam the seventh country to do so with the deal and showing the politicaldetermination of the Party and State in actively integrating into the regionand the world, she said.

The sixth session, taking place during October and Novemberlast year, was the mid-term meeting of the NA. At the session, the NA deputiescast votes of confidence on 48 officials holding positions elected or approvedby the NA.

NA Chairwoman Ngan underlined that this was an extremelyimportant supervision content demonstrating the recognition of and level ofconfidence in the officials subjected to the vote from the beginning of thetenure, as well as of the fair assessment of their efforts and performances.

Last year was also a successful year for parliamentaryexternal activities in both bilateral and multilateral aspects. The NA showedits active engagement in and made important contributions tointer-parliamentary forums in the region and the world, contributing to theachievements in the country’s foreign relations.

In 2018, Vietnam assumed the position as Vice Chair of theInter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). This was the second time Vietnam hadundertaken this position since it became a member in 1979.

To further increase the effectiveness of diplomaticactivities and international integration in 2018, the Vietnamese NA attendedthe 138th and 139th IPU Assemblies in Geneva,Switzerland; the 39th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)General Assembly in Singapore; the third Meeting of Speakers of EurasianCountries' Parliaments (MSEAP 3) in Turkey; and the Asia-Europe ParliamentaryPartnership Meeting, Ngan stated.

At the meetings, the Vietnamese legislative body maderesponsible contributions to their working agendas, with their successespraised by participating countries. Vietnam proposed that participatingcountries continue implementing the UN’s Sustainable Development Programme by2030 and join hands to tackle the impact of climate change; and emphasised thatparliaments hold a responsibility in fostering governments to intensifyregional connectivity and multilateral trade to contribute to the growth ofeach nation and region.

Last year, the Vietnamese NA successfully organised the 26thAnnual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) under thetheme of “Parliamentary partnership for peace, innovation, and sustainabledevelopment”. The highlight of the meeting was the Hanoi Declaration, which setforth a new vision for Asia-Pacific parliamentary partnership and earned highpraises from member parliaments. 

Last December, it also coordinated with the IPU and theUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to hold a meeting themed “TheNational Assembly and sustainable development goals” in the central city of DaNang to introduced a self-assessment toolkit developed and issued by the IPUand UNDP in the Vietnamese language.Vietnam was selected as one of thecountries in the Asia-Pacific region to popularise the toolkit to deputies of theVietnamese NA and all-level People’s Councils, she added.

In the coming time, the top legislator stressed the need forVietnam to fully implement the international commitments it has signed. The NAwill work to complete the law and policy system to act as a foundation for theimplementation, she stated.

Regarding the freshly-ratified CPTPP, which is expected tobring about both opportunities and challenges for businesses, Ngan said thatthe legislature will complete necessary conditions and institutionalise CPTPPregulations.

It will help to speed up the signing and ratification of theEU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, she added.

The outcomes of the NA operation last year helped increaseconfidence in the public’s votes, creating motivation for the NA to continue tocomplete all targets and missions set for 2019 and the remaining years of the14th tenure, stated the NA leader.

Source: VNA

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