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Land set to dominate National Assembly debate

The National Master Plan on Land Allocation, past land management and the issuance of title deeds will be among the top issues debated at the National Assembly ordinary session to be held next month.
An intersession in preparation for the upcoming Assembly’s ordinary session will take place next week with high-level officials from the Party and government to attend to discuss national issues.

The government has been working on the national master plan for many years but land-related problems have persisted including disputes between individuals, the public sector and investors particularly over land compensation.
The government has stressed the importance of proper land management and the need to close loopholes in the use and management of land that have persisted and caused the loss of state property for many years.
Negligence by public bodies in carrying out the necessary oversight and inspection of land after concessions were awarded to private companies was raised for discussion at a recent national meeting on land issues between Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and related government bodies and authorities. 
By exploiting loopholes in the Land Law and other related regulations, some companies have acquired land unethically.
Other important issues for debate at the upcoming NA session are the Law on Resolution of Economic Disputes, newly drafted Law on Settlement and Occupation, Law on Valued-Added Tax, and Law on Management of Public Debt.
A lecture on the experience of the National Assembly of Vietnam on votes of confidence in government officials appointed or approved by the National Assembly or Provincial People’s Councils will take place on Tuesday as part of the NA session preparation.
Observers are hoping the efforts to improve transparency will help the Party clean the blemish that spoils its appearance and quality.
The Party Central Committee has investigated 146 cases of corruption last year with 994 people involved in dishonest behaviour, of which 908 were government officials and 86 were businesspeople.
Investigations are being conducted into 420 individuals with administrative measures handed out against 414. Now 84 of these are being prosecuted with case briefs submitted on 62 people to the prosecutor, and the court has sentenced 14 individuals.
The lessons learned from the preparations and organisations for the past four ordinary sessions of the National Assembly’s Eighth Legislature, the sessions of People’s Councils, and NA members plenary will be introduced at the upcoming NA session.

By Somxay Sengdara
(Latest Update April 20, 2018

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