NA Urges Structural Reform

The 12th National Assembly’s (NA) first session has reached its third week with the main focus on restructuring the organization and the operation of its new staff.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung

The new government has proposed a reduction in the number of ministries and equivalent organizations from 26 to 22. Accordingly, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Trade will be merged into one organization called Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Aquatic Resources will become a part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Sport Committee will join the Ministry of Culture and Information while the Committee for Population, Family and Children will be dissolved. The number of governmental organizations will be reduced to eight.

There is also a high possibility that the number of Vice Prime Ministers will increase from three to five this year.

The list of candidates appointed to posts such as vice prime ministers, ministers, and members of the Government will be presented to the NA by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and the issues concerning restructuring the organization and managing the NA’s new staff will be determined by the NA tomorrow.

When the new Government is formed, Prime Minister Dung will have a swearing-in speech in front of the NA.

NA Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong will present his proposal of shortening the 12th NA’s term of office from five years to four years this week.

The NA will hold a discussion to review the national budget in 2005 and to add more articles into the Anti-Corruption Laws.

The NA’s discussion on economic and social issues will be broadcast live on VTV1 channel on August 4. 

By B.M – Translated by Khanh Hong

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