Conference Focuses on Building Capacity of New National Assembly
Da Nang - The Office of the National Assembly (ONA), in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), organised a national conference in Da Nang City on Aug 30 and 31 entitled “XII National Assembly: Enhancing Capacity During the Integration Period.”
The two day event was a unique opportunity for senior leaders of the National Assembly, ONA officials and representatives from related government agencies to meet with international donors and parliamentary affairs experts to exchange views and set priorities for strengthening the capacity of the National Assembly during the current period of rapid integration of Viet Nam into the world economy.
“In the process of international integration, especially after joining WTO, Viet Nam has been facing many challenges,” said Mr. Uong Chu Luu, Vice Chairman of the National Assembly in his opening remarks. “The National Assembly, including its supporting departments, needs to strengthen its representative role, further reform its organisation and operation, and improve the quality of law making as well as oversight work, thus better performing its decision making function.”
The conference builds on the successes of the first Da Nang Conference, which was held shortly after the election of the Eleventh National Assembly in 2002. In this year’s conference participants reviewed the success achieved by the National Assembly over the past five years, and discussed the role of the National Assembly in representing the citizens of Viet Nam, producing laws and overseeing the work of the Government. The conference also compared international best practices on parliamentary procedures.
During the opening session UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra said that “As the UN we strongly support the National Assembly in promoting equitable and inclusive social and economic policies, plans and laws. With the adoption of the One UN Plan by the Government of Viet Nam, and with strong support from development partners, we look forward to deepening the cooperation between the United Nations and the National Assembly.”
While the National Assembly has made great progress in carrying out its important roles under the Vietnamese Constitution, it faces many challenges - particularly in the areas of representation, law-making and oversight. These areas will be of particular importance in future cooperative efforts between the international community and the National Assembly.
The conference was organized by the ONA-UNDP project “Strengthening the Capacity of People’s Elected Bodies in Viet Nam”, also supported by Switzerland, the U.K, Canada and Ireland.