Application of public consultations and hearings at the ethnic council and committees of the National Assembly is meaningful and necessary

Jan 4, 2013

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Hai Phong – This is one of the conclusions at the Dialogue on Public Consultations and Hearings for the Ethnic Council and Committees of the National Assembly co-organised by the Office of the National Assembly and UNDP under the framework of the Project "Strengthening Capacities for the Representative Bodies in Vietnam.” At the event, the two relevant publications "Guidelines on Public Consultations for the Ethnic Council and Committees of the National Assembly” and "Research Report on Parliamentary Committee Public Hearings and their Application in Vietnam” were also introduced and disseminated to Deputies of the National Assembly.

UNDP extended support to the National Assembly of Vietnam on public consultations and hearings since 2008 when its international experts worked together with a number of National Assembly Committees to pioneer public consultations on policy issues in the context of scrutiny of draft legislation and oversight of implementation of adopted laws. Since then, the Ethnic Council and various Committees conducted totally about 20 sessions of consultations and hearings on various important issues such as the implementation of the social insurance law, amendment to the Labour Code, health insurance, land for poor ethnic minority families, government’s poverty reduction policies and poverty line, and implementation of socio-economic development policies for ethnic peoples in the period 2012-2020.

Opinions and exchanges at the Dialogue also confirmed that pilot applications at the Ethnic Council and Committees of the NA have had initial remarkable successes, contributing to the institutionalization of these practices in the future.

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