|The first session of the 12th National Assembly opens in Ha Noi on July 19|
Delivering an opening speech, Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong of the 11th National Assembly said, “The National Assembly and its agencies will step up efforts to improve the quality of its lawmaking and supervision work, and to decide on the country’s important issues.”
NA Chairman Trong, who is also Chairman of the Election Council for the 12th National Assembly, officially announced that 493 delegates had been elected to the 12th National Assembly.
At the top of the agenda for the assembly are elections for the posts of NA Chairman, Vice NA Chairman, members of the NA Standing Committee, State President, Vice State Presidents, Prime Minister, Chief Judge of the People’s Supreme Court and Director of the People’s Supreme Procuracy, titles of NA agencies and members of the Defense and Security Council.
On July 19, the first 12th assembly session also heard a report presented by Huynh Dam, Vice President and General Secretary of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front’s Central Committee, on voters’ concerns and opinions that were compiled during the run up to the lawmaking body's May 2007 elections.
Voters nationwide proposed that the NA continue its reforms and further enhance its effectiveness as the people’s highest representative body and the country's most powerful state agency, the report said.
Voters also criticized shortcomings in administrative and judicial reform, the settlement of petitions and complaints, land management, the fight against corruption and urged for the areas of concern to be rectified as quickly as possible.
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung delivered a report on the country’s socio-economic development over the first half of the year that stated the government's desire to introduce measures to ensure continued rapid and sustainable economic development, increase exports and reign in the trade deficit, the deputy PM said.