The 15th legislature opened its first session on July 20 in Hanoi, with NA Chairman Hue giving the opening speech at the event, followed by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong presenting a key-note speech.
The session is taking place amid complex and unpredictable developments both regionally and internationally, he said, pointing out numerous difficulties and challenges facing the nation in the fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks.
As part of his opening speech, the top Vietnamese legislator highlighted the success of the first session of the 15th NA which is believed to create an important premise and momentum for legislative activities moving into the new tenure.
The voter turnout of 99.6% indicates the public’s high sense of responsibility and trust in the Party and State, with the success of the recent elections also demonstrating the strength of the great national unity bloc, NA Chairman Hue said.
He therefore urged deputies of the 15th NA to uphold their sense of responsibility and raise initiatives aimed at helping the legislature improve its operational quality and efficiency.
During the course of the session, NA deputies will present a report reviewing the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 to 2026 period, which will be presented by the National Election Council.
They will also consider and decide upon the personnel structure, whilst electing and approving high-ranking positions in the State apparatus.
The deputies will then deliberate on reports which assess the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and State budget during the first half of this year, as well as solutions which aim to boost socio-economic development plan and State budget in the remaining months of the year.
They are scheduled to consider and decide upon national target programmes on new-style rural area buildings and sustainable poverty reduction for the 2021 to 2025 period, whilst also adopting resolutions on the law and ordinance building programme for 2022.
With regard to the recent elections, NA Chairman Hue said their successes clearly demonstrate the high sense of responsibility and profound trust that citizens have in the Party and the State.
The NA leader requested that lawmakers uphold their sense of responsibility, solidarity, and democracy, whilst giving many heart-felt opinions as a contribution to ensuring a successful meeting.
As part of his keynote speech, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong urged the NA to further uphold its role and position in creating a legal framework that can bolster the country’s activities.
General Secretary Trong asked the legislature to accelerate the issuance and improve the quality of legal documents, whilst rapidly building a legal system that is capable of meeting demands in reality, along with creating supplementary laws in key areas that make breakthroughs in terms of socio-economic development.
Moving forward, the NA must continue renewing and further improving its operation quality and efficiency in order to meet the country’s requirements and political tasks in the latest period, he said. Indeed, it remains necessary to fully understand the role, position, and responsibility of the legislature in the nation’s political system led by the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), as well as promptly institutionalising the Party’s policies and guidelines as a means of meeting demand in reality and public expectations.
The law-making body also should make efforts to intensify external activities, be active in global integration, whilst contributing to performing the Party and State’s foreign policy of multilateralisation and diversification of relations.
The Party chief went on to emphasise that achievements made by the NA over the past 75 years are the result of the sound leadership of the CPV, a decisive factor for the legislature in terms of fulfilling tasks entrusted by the people.
In the immediate future, General Secretary Trong called for institutionalising and concretising important policies affirmed at the 13th National Party Congress, thereby ensuring the quality of the 15th NA’s activities. This can be done to meet the requirements and tasks of the revolution and the people's expectations moving into the new period.
He expressed his confidence that through the CPV’s leadership the Vietnamese legislature will reap important outcomes and will be deserving of its place as the highest representative office of the people and the State. This can be achieved along with the efforts and determination of NA deputies, close collaboration among units in the political system, support, and supervision of the public, along with co-operation and assistance of international friends,
During the course of the session, Tran Thanh Man, vice chairman of the 14th NA and deputy head of the National Election Council, also presented a report reviewing the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 to 2026 period.