Lawmakers discuss middle-term public investment plan

National Assembly deputies gave opinions on a list of projects and specific sums of capital allocated for projects under the middle-term public investment plan for the 2016-2020 period in the 14th National Assembly Standing Committee in Hanoi on April 20.

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According to the Government’s report, the total budget already approved by the legislature for the plan in the reviewed period was VND2 quadrillion (some US$88.1 billion), of which VND1.74 quadrillion (US$76.6 billion) was allocated for projects of ministries, sectors and localities.

The total capital allocation for the first phrase was VND1.134 quadrillion (US$50 billion). In the second phrase, the Government has directed ministries, sectors and localities to address shortcomings in the target programme on climate change adaptation and green growth and investment in coastal roads.

The Government proposed allocating VND20.86 trillion (US$900 million) for the Vietnam Bank for Social Policies (VBSP) and VND12.67 trillion (US$546.64 million) that the State budget owed to the Vietnam Development Bank (VDB) and another VND15.01 trillion (US$647.6 million) for the VDB.

It also proposed providing additional VND2 trillion (US$88 million) for the VBSP to support social housing development, and another VND4 trillion (US$176 million) for the national target programme on the East Sea and islands.

Nguyen Duc Hai, Chairman of the NA’s Finance and Budget Committee, said the committee agreed with the Government’s proposal on allocating chartered capital to the VDB after the Government evaluates the bank’s operational efficiency, debts, development orientations, plan for chartered capital arrangement, and management expenses.

Regarding the middle-term capital plan of VND80 trillion (US$3.6 billion), including VND70 trillion (US$3.15 billion) projected for the North-South Expressway and VND10 trillion for the flood prevention project in Ho Chi Minh City, the committee urged the Government to promptly finalize necessary documents for these projects and report to the NA Standing Committee for consideration before submitted to the NA for approval at its third session.

Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien said the NA Standing Committee requested the Government to review all projects that have not been provided with sufficient capital and those lacking of corresponding capital. 

The Government and the Minister of Planning and Investment must be responsible for monitoring, reducing, and adjusting investment to complete these projects in 2017-2020, he added.


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