NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (second row, centre) and vice chairmen preside over the extraordinary session on January 4 (Photo: VNA)
– The first
extraordinary session of the 15th National Assembly (NA), opened in
Hanoi on January 4, is looking into some major, important, and urgent issues.
The opening plenum in
the morning saw the presence of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong,
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime
Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.
NA deputies’ delegations nationwide attended the session via videoconference.
In his opening speech, Chairman Hue emphasised
that in 2021, especially the third quarter, the fourth wave of COVID-19 with
the spread of the Delta variant in almost all localities took a heavy toll on
every socio-economic aspect.
Given the country’s urgent demand and
basing on the Constitution, the Law on Organisation of the NA, and resolutions
of the parliament’s second session, the NA Standing Committee decided to summon
the first extraordinary meeting of the 15th NA so as to consider and
make timely decisions on some major, important, and urgent issues relevant to
the economy, society, finance, and budget with a view to providing timely
support for the COVID-19 prevention and control programme and the
socio-economic recovery and development programme, he noted.
During this extraordinary session, the
NA is set to vote on a resolution on fiscal and monetary policies to assist the
implementation of the socio-economic recovery and development programme, he
said, describing this resolution as particularly important to coping with the
pandemic, addressing losses, recovering and developing the economy and society,
reviving the labour market, and dealing with social security and welfare
These are supplementary policies which have not been included in the fiscal and monetary measures approved in the
socio-economic development, financial, public borrowing and debt repayment, and
public investment plans for 2021 - 2025, he added.
The NA is set to debate and vote on a bill
amending and supplementing some articles of the Law on Public Investment, the Law
on Public - Private Partnership Investment, the Law on Investment, the Law on Electricity,
the Law on Enterprises, the Law on Special Consumption Tax, and the Law on Enforcement
of Civil Judgments.
During the meeting, the parliament
will discuss and decide a resolution on piloting some special mechanisms and
policies for the development of Can Tho in order to institutionalise the Party
Central Committee and Politburo’s resolutions on this Mekong Delta city in a
Besides, the NA Standing Committee and
the Government had agreed to submit to the extraordinary session a supplementary report on the current COVID-19
prevention and control work, especially the response to the Omicron variant; the
prevention, detection, and settlement of wrongdoings in the pandemic combat;
the COVID-19 prevention and control programme; along with the programme on
socio-economic recovery and development.
The extraordinary session holds considerable
significance and attracts great attention from people nationwide, overseas
Vietnamese, as well as the business community, Chairman Hue remarked./.