Legislatures of Vietnam, Laos share experience at joint workshop

Vietnam’s National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and her Lao counterpart Pany Yathotou chaired a symposium on laws and policies on vocational education and employment, as well as coordination to address public complaints and denunciations, in Vientiane on September 27.

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At the symposium

At the opening ceremony, Chairwoman Ngan said vocational education and job generation in Vietnam are stipulated in Vietnam’s constitutions.

Vietnam has defined employment as one of the important policies in the country’s socio-economic development. Therefore, after the launch of Doi Moi (renewal), Vietnam has built many programmes, action plans and arranged budget for this matter, Ngan said.

The country has built an employment strategy for 2011-2020, along with a national target programme and a support fund for employment, she added.

Vietnam has implemented policies on unemployment insurance and assistance, and ensuring job security as well as providing employment support for vulnerable groups in society, said the Vietnamese legislator.

The country has focused on improving vocational skills for workers to create high-quality human resources to serve development.

Besides implementing employment and vocational education policies according to law, Vietnam is stepping up administrative reforms and decentralisation in State management of labour, and ensuring the benefits of employees.

Regarding the settlement of public complaints and denunciations, Chairwoman Ngan said this is an important task in national reform. 

Vietnam creates favourable conditions for the people to exercise their right to mastership, and encourages the people to engage in the fight against negative phenomena, corruption and wastefulness.

In 1998, the Vietnamese NA issued the law on complaints and denunciations for the first time to help promote democracy and strengthen the socialist legal system as well as defend the State interests, and legitimate rights and interests of citizens, organisations and agencies, she said.

After many amendments and supplementations, the NA promulgated the law on complaints in 2011 and the law on denunciations in 2018, she added.

The Vietnamese NA Chairwoman shared that agencies of the NA and the Government of Vietnam have been coordinated closely and smoothly in settling citizens’ complaints and denunciations.

The Lao top legislator said the topics discussed at the symposium are significant as the two countries are expanding socio-economic development.

They also relate to the activities of the NA and people’s councils in building, revising and supplementing legal articles as well as supervising the law enforcement in addressing social matters, especially employment and vocational employment, she added.

Yathotou emphasized that co-organising workshops is an effective way for the NAs of Laos and Vietnam to help each other improve their law-making activities.

The Vietnamese and Lao NAs have co-organised eight workshops during the current 14th tenure of the Vietnamese legislature and the 8th tenure of the Lao legislature, four of which were co-chaired by the heads of the two law making bodies.

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