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NA deputies passes resolution on completion of Dung Quat Oil Refinery

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2010 at 1:50 pm

NA deputies passes resolution on completion of Dung Quat Oil Refinery

QĐND – Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)

The NA deputies passed a resolution on completion of Dung Quat oil refinery at the 8th session of the 12th National Assembly which closed in Hanoi on November 26. 

The resolution states that the Dung Quat Oil Refinery Factory Project No 1 has been basically completed and is producing initial results.

The resolution asks the government to continue with a package of measures aimed at ensuring raw materials for the factory to operate steadily in the long-run, and improving the project’s socio-economic efficiency as well as its impact on the key economic zone in the central region.

It also asks relevant agencies to ensure absolute security and safety for the factory under the legal regulations and pay due attention to training hi-tech human resources for the oil refinery industry as well as stabilizing the people’s production activities in the surrounding areas. More importantly, it is necessary to implement the audit of the whole project under the legal regulations.

The same day, NA deputies approved another resolution on the results of supervising the implementation of administrative reform in areas related to citizens and businesses under an overall programme on state administrative reform in the 2001-2010 period.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

NA deputies query hot transportation issues

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

NA deputies query hot transportation issues

QĐND – Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:31 (GMT+7)

National Assembly deputies on Nov. 23 queried a number of hot transportation issues related to the North-South Railway Express, infrastructure, traffic jams and the restructure of the Vietnam Shipping Industry Group (Vinashin).

Regarding the North-South Railway Express project, Transport Minister Ho Nghia Dung said his ministry would not invest in the project as the NA refused to approve earlier this year. However, he said, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s instruction, the ministry would continue studying the feasibility of the project.

“We will not study the whole route but only several sections such as a flyover railway on the third belt road connecting the centre of Hanoi to the Noi Bai Airport, and sections from Hanoi to Thanh Hoa and Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City,” he said, adding that all works are now only studying and developing project.

Dung also answered deputies’ queries on punishment to contractors that caused traffic jams and accidents during their construction process, the effectiveness of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, and plans to develop coastal roads combined with sea dyke system to cope with climate change and tides.

Regarding the near-bankrupt shipbuilder Vinashin, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung, head of a steering board to oversee Vinashin’s restructuring process, assured that it would be able to pay off its debt of 86 trillion VND (42 billion USD).

According to him, the restructure began in 2008 by withdrawing Vinashin’s investment capital and reducing its projects from 185 to 28 and focusing on only 13 projects.

He said the shipbuilder was making progress in both production and sales. It’s 28 shipbuilders have resumed operation and this year, Vinashin will build 66 vessels to earn almost 600 million USD, the Deputy PM said, affirming that the group would gross revenues of around 14 trillion VND (6.83 billion USD) and would reap benefit from 2013.

Source: VNA


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Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Deputies discuss Party’s 12th congress documents

QĐND – Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 22:14 (GMT+7)

Deputies to the 12th National Assembly will discuss draft documents to be presented to the Party’s XIth National Congress and hear the Government’s report on Vinashin’s post-debt crisis management at their eighth session due to start on October 20.

At a press briefing in Hanoi on October 18, the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Office Dr. Nguyen Si Dung reported that the 32-day session will consist of 46 plenary meetings, 13 sessions to be televised live, and 16 group meetings.

Although this is the year-end session, the deputies will discuss and approve nine bills and one resolution.

They will hear and debate the Government’s report on the outcomes of the country’s socio-economic performance in 2010 and its socio-economic development plan in 2011.

The deputies will look at the execution of State budget estimates in 2010, budget estimates for 2011 as well as plans on budget allocation for central agencies and budget supplements for localities.

Also at this session, the deputies will discuss the Government’s presentation to summarise the implementation of the pilot programme of no longer organizing the People’s Council at ward, commune and district levels as prescribed in the 12th National Assembly’s resolution.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Deputies focus on issues of major public concern

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Deputies focus on issues of major public concern

QĐND – Thursday, June 10, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

National Assembly (NA) deputies have raised concerns over the Ministry of Finance’s role and responsibility over price controls, capital mobilisation and use for key national projects as well as building trademarks of agricultural products.

During the four-day question time, beginning from June 10, deputies will question four ministers, namely the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung will also take part.

NA Deputy Nguyen Huu Nhi from Nghe An said he was concerned over the high salaries of some leaders from State groups and corporations are paid. He said, “I want the Minister of Finance to clarify the regulations on the salaries of senior managers in State groups and corporations while farmers and other workers’ lives still face a lot of difficulties.”

In terms of agriculture and rural development, it is essential to consider the State’s management over the quality of plant varieties, fertilisers, pesticides and the application of advanced technologies in agricultural production, said Mr Nhi.

The Minister of Finance will respond to questions about measures to control inflation and market prices especially when there are increases in the prices of electricity, water, petro and other essential goods, greatly affecting low-income earners and poor farmers.

In the recent past, the collapse of the spans of Can Tho and Thanh Tri bridges made the media headline. The Minister of Transport will have to answer questions about the State’s responsibility for ensuring the quality of capital investment construction and transport projects as well as resolving traffic congestion and reducing traffic accidents.

NA deputy Danh Ut from Kien Giang province said that he was interested in the Ministry of Finance’s role in controlling the prices of petrol, fertiliser, steel and sugarcane.

The Ministry of Finance recently examined 17 businesses, of which 11 had not registered for price controls in a bid to drive up prices up which caused big losses to many farmers.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development will then answer NA deputies’ queries about why creating trademarks for agro-fishery products is so slow.

NA deputy Nguyen Thuc Khang from Ba Ria-Vung Tau province underlined the need to discuss the capital sources for key national projects. Such issues should be carefully considered by the NA before approving key national projects, stressed Mr Khang.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Deputies address proposed Law on Food Safety

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 2:05 am

Deputies address proposed Law on Food Safety

QĐND – Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 21:28 (GMT+7)

As the National Assembly began debate on a draft Food Safety Law on June 1, street vendors were a popular target of criticism, and sensitive foreign tummies an object of concern.

Deputy Ho Thi Thu Hang (Vinh Long) said Vietnam has three million victims of food poisoning annually, causing economic losses of four trillion dong (over US$210 million).  Hang declared that bacteria can be introduced at any stage, whether processing, packaging, storage or distribution. Without knowing its origin, the problem is unsolvable.

Deputy Nguyen Lan Dung (photo) observed that only in Vietnam does one find cơm bụi (literally,“dusty rice”). “I don’t understand why we agree to eat rice with dust.  No other nation sells food on the roadside, the Dak Lak deputy ínsisted.  Cheap ‘peoples’ meals’ [cơm bình dân] are okay, but they ought to be sold indoors.

Deputy Nguyen Minh Thuyet (Lang Son) said he was glad to see the Ministry of Health assigned to be the “conductor” to control food hygiene. Still, Thuyet worried, can the “conductor” do his job properly if he can’t also play the roles of “violinist” and “trumpeter”? By that he meant that responsibility for ensuring food safety should be entirely within the Health Ministry’s purview, and not parceled out to an inter-ministerial committee or steering board. 

Thuyet added that provincial officials must be held to account when food poisoning happens in a province.

Deputy Nguyen Lan Dung proposed that the Ministry of Health study the incidence of micro-organisms in street foods, saying that it may reveal many surprises. “Take nước mía (sugarcane juice) for example,” Dung said. “It’s sold everywhere on Vietnam’s streets. Do the deputies know that farmers soak sugarcane in ponds so it will yield more juice?”

Dung said that after the cane is stripped of its skin, it lies on the pavement, a magnet for flies, until it is pressed for juice.  Glasses are not washed, just rinsed in a bucket of water.

“That’s maybe OK for us Vietnamese,” Dung asserted, “because we are acquainted with our local bacteria. However, any foreigner who dares drink nước mía is going to be poisoned.”

Deputy Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa (Bac Ninh) noted that the draft law envisions requiring street food sellers to have enough clean water and clean tools. These conditions can’t be enforced, she said, because street vendors are highly mobile.

Deputy Nguyen Thi Bach Mai (Tay Ninh) said it’s not enough just to ban food with unclean and torn packing caused by the transportation process. There ought to be a broader proscription against “using packaging that can poison food and be unsafe for users. . . . We’ll make a mistake if we only pay attention to food quality, not to packaging quality,” Mai emphasized.

Deputy Pham Thi Thanh Huong (Binh Dinh) argued that all food – even when it’s sold without packaging – ought to have a label.  She said that in many food poisoning cases, technical personnel are unable to identify the origin of the bad food.

Deputy Truong Thi Thu Ha said the fines proposed for violations of food hygiene rules are too light. (The draft proposes a minimum fine equal to the value of unsafe food, and a maximum of seven times that.) With fines set so low, Ha argued, the offense will be repeated over and over. The Dong Nai deputy proposed to raise the minimum fine by at least 10 times and the maximum fine by hundreds of times of the value of unsafe food.

Deputy Bui Thi Le Phi (Can Tho) agreed with Ha, and recommended that term “seriously influence” be clarified with respect to the maximum fines. Does that mean a degree of food poisoning that causes death or miscarriage, she asked.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Deputies push for better forecasting work

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 5:14 am

Deputies push for better forecasting work

QĐND – Friday, May 28, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

A number of National Assembly (NA) deputies emphasised the need to improve the quality of forecasting and statistics while discussing the socio-economic development plan and state budget in 2009 and the first few months of 2010.

Deputies Nguyen Van Tuyet and Ngo Van Minh, from Yen Bai and Quang Nam provinces respectively, shared this view with many other deputies at the NA session in Hanoi on May 27, citing large differences between the predicted and achieved figures for some major targets.

For example, the state revenues collected were almost VND 51.69 trillion higher than the estimated figure for just two months, equivalent to 3% of the country’s GDP or close to half of 2009’s overspend.

The deficit in last year’s balance of payments was US$8.8 billion, while the amount reported at the 6th NA meeting was just US$1.9 billion.

This influenced the NA’s decisions on how to deal with the over-spend and when mapping out plans for the following year, they said.

Vo Tuan Nhan, from Quang Ngai province and other deputies said that the government’s report seemed to focus on economic issues but failed to make accurate assessments on social and environmental matters.

Deputies Do Thi Huyen Tam from Bac Ninh and Ngo Van Minh from Quang Nam, pointed out that eight out of the 25 unmet targets were directly related to the social and environmental fields.

Worthy of note is that only 50% of the existing industrial and export-processing zones have certified waste treatment systems, 10% less than the figures for 2008.

The deputies asked the government to tackle this issue promptly as it will affect the country’s efforts to promote sustainable development and improve the public’s living conditions.

At the session, many deputies agreed that the poverty line that has been applied since 2006 is no longer suitable as the consumer price index (CPI) has kept growing, widening the gap between rich and poor.

They proposed that the government take drastic measures to control prices, adopt new poverty standards and combine poverty reduction programmes more efficiently to put an end to overlapping.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

NA deputies discuss measures to continue stabilizing macroeconomy

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

NA deputies discuss measures to continue stabilizing macroeconomy

QĐND – Thursday, May 20, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

The 7th session of the 12th National Assembly (NA) officially opened in Hanoi on May 20. The NA deputies and voters nationwide paid a lot of attention to working out ways of ensuring stability in the macroeconomy.

Since the beginning of this year, the Government has asked all ministries, agencies and localities to make a greater effort to carry out their socio-economic development tasks in line with the NA Resolution. Subsequently, the socio-economic situation in the first four months has seen a number of positive changes and high growth rates in various fields, including industry, agriculture and services.

The domestic market has operated well, resulting in increases in retail revenues and development capital, as well as ensuring social welfare. The exchange rate between the US dollar and Vietnam dong in the free markets is now close to the officially rate posted by commercial banks.

However, it is still quite a challenge to maintain a high economic growth while curbing the inflation rate at the same time. Le Quoc Dung, deputy head of the NA’s Commission for Economic Affairs, pointed out that to achieve sustainable growth and combat inflation, it is essential to prioritise to boostings export and make it easier for businesses to access loans. It is also important to ensure an adequate supply of goods on the domestic market and to promote production, he added.

According to Tran Dinh Dan, Chairman of the NA Office, Cabinet members will have two and a half days to discuss this. The opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the inquiries session and the discussions between NA deputies at the ongoing 7th session of the 12th NA will be broadcast live on the VOV1 channel of Radio the Voice of Vietnam and the VTV1 channel of Vietnam Television.

Many delegates at the meeting raised their concerns about the new challenges currently facing the national economy, saying they could pose a serious threat. In the first fourth months of this year, Vietnam’s import surplus reached US$4.7 billion, while last year’s balance of payments suffered a deficit of US$8 billion. This will result in the foreign currency market and the exchange rate experiencing more fluctuations, which in turn will affect the management of imports and exports and the balance of payment. Furthermore, the tightening of the monetary policy to prevent a high inflation rate has posed many difficulties for businesses trying to access loans.

Increases in the price of electricity, coal, water and petrol has seen the CPI rise sharply, which concerns many citizens and businesses.

In addition, internal problems in the economy continue to affect socio-economic targets being achieved, such as low growth and industrial value not matching the high level of capital used.

Bui Van Tinh, head a delegation from Hoa Binh, and member of the NA’s Committee for Finance and Budget said that there should a plan to reduce the loan rates at commercial banks as the interest rate is currently too high compared to production output. The quality of products, especially in agricultural processing, must be improved and there needs to be a comprehensive export plan for the future to boost the export of strategic products, said Mr Tinh.

Duong Anh Dien, head of Hai Phong delegation and a member of the NA’s Committee for Finance and Budget said that Vietnam should pay more attention to improving the value of its products. “if we take more care during processing our export value will increase,” said Mr Dien. For example the earnings from exports of titan ore is not very high so the country should commission import processing plants which would raise the export value by 10 times. This is a good way of stabilising the macroeconomy.

Many external factors affect the economy while the management of the economy also faces some problems, such as inflation and exchange rate. Therefore, it is essential to stabilise the macro-economy from now until the end of this year. Together with carrying out the eight key measures stipulated by the Government, including managing currency policies flexibly, maintaining the credit growth rate and payments set at a reasonable level in line with development targets and controlling inflation, Vietnam needs to monitors changes in supply and demand, assessing production and the consumption of essential commodities to avoid shortages and price hikes. They are the main issues that will be discussed at this session.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

NA deputies discuss State budget collection and spending

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

NA deputies discuss State budget collection and spending

QĐND – Thursday, April 15, 2010, 21:4 (GMT+7)

Participants in the National Assembly Standing Committee meeting in Hanoi on April 14 focused their discussions on State budget collection and spending in 2008 and 2009.

Minister of Finance Vu Van Ninh revealed that in 2008, total revenue from taxes and other sources was VND430 trillion (US$22.6 billion) against an earnings forecast of VND323 trillion (US$17 billion) – an increase of 33.3 percent.

Meanwhile, the year’s spending was nearly VND452 trillion (US$23.7 billion) or 13.5 percent over the forecast.

Mr Ninh said the 13.5 percent over-spending was mainly in the areas of development and subsidy for imported oil and gas.

According to Minister Ninh, by late 2008, the Government debt stood at 33.4 percent of the GDP, while the country’s foreign debt was 29.3 percent of the GDP. “These debt figures remain under control,” he said.

Meanwhile, in 2009, Mr Ninh said VND442 trillion (US$23.2 billion) was collected, 13.4 percent over the plan.

In an appraisal report, Dinh Trinh Hao, vice-chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Finance and Budget, said the 13.4 percent collected over the plan was a great achievement.

Most members said over-spending estimates for 2009 should increase to 6.9 percent of the GDP, as stated in last November’s NA meeting. They argued that the increase in over – spending would help ease inflation.

Lawmakers agreed with the Government’s proposals to transfer the remaining VND8.955 trillion from 2008 to the 2009 budget-spending plan and that it should be used on capital-construction activities and State credit schemes.

NA Vice Chairman Nguyen Duc Kien praised the Government’s performance in 2009 despite the global economic downturn. “The Government was able to achieve GDP growth of 5.32 percent in 2009, while ensuring good social security,” he noted.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Website to be launched to connect NA deputies and the public

In Politics-Society on October 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Website to be launched to connect NA deputies and the public

QĐND – Monday, October 26, 2009, 20:44 (GMT+7)

PANO – A website to connect the National Assembly deputies and the public is to be built with the support of leaders of the Vietnam National Assembly, said the British Embassy in Hanoi today.

At a signing ceremony in Hanoi today, the Office of the National Assembly of Viet Nam, The Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Hanoi and Thumbsize Ltd announced an initiative aimed at creating and piloting an online engagement website between NA deputies and the public.

This website is built under the technical support of Thumbsize Ltd, owner of which has been piloted in the UK with the purpose of connecting public figures with British citizens.

The website is expected to be launched by early 2010 and will connect NA deputies with the public online for the first time.

Via this website, the public is encouraged to discuss and post questions to the deputies of the highest representative bodies in Vietnam on the issues that interest them.

Dr. Nguyen Si Dung, Vice Chair of Vietnamese National Assembly Office, stressed that “The website will enable the participation of Vietnamese citizen in legislation, and, at the same time, strengthen the relationship between elected deputies and the public which is in line with the policies of the Vietnam Government”.

Meanwhile, the British Ambassador to Vietnam, Mark Kent, said “The project introduces a new way of engaging with the Vietnamese public using participative media.”

“I hope this project will serve the interest of both National Assembly deputies and Vietnamese voters and will play an active role in improving the UK-Vietnam friendship relations,” he added.

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova, Advocate General for Scotland, visiting Hanoi to further enhance legal and judicial links between the UK and Vietnam, also welcomed the project:  “I am delighted to see first-hand the close ties that have been developed between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the UK through this project.”

“The Yoosk website is a great example of our ongoing commitment to work together on innovative projects based on the transfer of creativity, expertise and knowledge between the UK and Vietnam,” he said.

This is a pilot project lasting 6 months, starting from October 2009, with a total budget of £30,000. At the end of the pilot, the website will be owned, operated and managed by the Vietnamese National Assembly Office to serve for Vietnamese National Assembly activities.

Ngoc Hung

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