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NA to gather in October

Released at: 21:16, 17/08/2016

NA to gather in October

Photo: Duc Anh

Socioeconomic reviews and planning high on agenda at October 20-November 18 session.

by Nguyen Ha

The 14th National Assembly (NA) will hold its second session from October 20 to November 18.

The major focus of the session will be socioeconomic development in 2016 and 2017, according to Chairman of the NA Office Nguyen Hanh Phuc.

At the NA Standing Committee meeting on August 16 Mr. Phuc said that legislators would discuss and pass four bills and one draft resolution and comment on 14 other pieces of legislation.

It will spend nearly eight days reviewing and discussing socioeconomic issues, supervising other important matters, and considering reports on the implementation of socioeconomic development plans and the State budget this year.

The 494-member legislature will also discuss and review socioeconomic development plans and the State budget for 2017, according to Mr. Phuc.

A medium-term public investment plan for the 2016-2020 period and reviewing the National Target Program on the building of new rural areas (2010-2015) in combination with agricultural restructuring will also be on the agenda.

Speaking at the NA Standing Committee meeting, NA Chairwoman Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan underlined the need to ensure the prompt delivery of documents to NA delegates prior to the opening of the session, as required under law. She also proposed setting up a group of female NA delegates at the second session.

The first session of the 14th NA for the new term of 2016-2021 wrapped up in July, with its agenda dominated by voting in key leaders. Ms. Ngan was re-elected as NA Chairwoman while Mr. Tran Dai Quang was re-elected as President and Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Prime Minister.

All three were first voted into their positions in March and April this year during the 13th NA term, following the Party Congress in January.

Mr. Quang, 60, was formerly Minister of Public Security before taking up the post of President. Ms. Ngan, 62, was the NA’s Vice Chairwoman, and Mr. Phuc, 62, was a Deputy Prime Minister in the last term.

The total number of NA delegates now stands at 494 after two were dismissed in July.

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