Under the chair of Standing Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi
Phong, NA deputies heard a report on COVID-19 prevention and key measures
for post-pandemic economic recovery presented by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan
Phuc, and another one related to socio-economic development plan and State
budget in 2019 presented by Chairman of the NA’s Committee for Economic
Affairs Vu Hong Thanh.
Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central
Committee Tran Thanh Man presented a report collecting comments and
recommendations of voters and people to the 9th session.
Head of the NA’s Ombudsman Committee Nguyen Thanh
Hai presented a report on supervising the solution of the voters' petitions
to the 8th session of the 14th NA.
Other reports were related to a proposal from the
State President to the National Assembly (NA) for ratifying the European
Union - Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), and the EU-Vietnam Investment
Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
In the afternoon, NA deputies focused their
discussion on the approval of the two agreements.
Nine deputies gave opinions during the discussion,.
Most of the opinions agreed with the content of the President's proposal,
the Government's explanatory report, and the verification report of the
National Assembly's Committee for External Affairs on the agreements.
Participants stressed that the Government's action
program to implement the EVFTA should have more attention for policies for
small- and medium-sized enterprises, improve the transparency of the
investment environment, further assess the impact of the trade pact on
Vietnam, and build measures to improve national competitiveness.
Regarding the EVIPA, some lawmakers said the
agreement will pose great challenges to domestic enterprises because of
their limited competitiveness and human resources.
Based on the opinions of NA deputies, the NA
Standing Committee will direct the inspecting agency to closely coordinate
with relevant agencies to revise the draft Resolution in order to submit to
the NA for consideration and approval, Ms Phong said.
Legislators agreed with the proposal of the State
President and relevant reports presented at the session.
Concluding the discussion, Ms Phong said joining
Convention 105 needs a road-map and thorough preparations, and affirmed that
Vietnam continues to respect and protect fundamental rights of laborers in
accordance with the ILO Declaration.
The NA was scheduled to look into the PM’s proposal
for the draft Vietnam Border Guard Law and reports on the legal document on
May 21st morning.
Lawmakers will have an online discussion on the
contents of the amended Law on Enterprises.
In the afternoon, they will mull over the Law on
Vietnamese Guest Workers (reviewed) and the draft law amending and
supplementing some articles of the Law on Judicial Assessment./.