New project to enhance exchange of legislative information among agencies of the National Assembly of Viet Nam

07 May 2013

The Institute for Legislative Studies under the National Assembly Standing Committee (ILS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have announced a three-year project that will provide US$1.5 million for enhancing the provision and exchange of legislative information among agencies of the National Assembly of Viet Nam (NA).

The project will support the ILS in overcoming limitations of current research activities to ensure the provision of information and in-depth researches to the National Assembly, the committees and deputies of the National Assembly, especially in the revision of key organic laws.

At the same time, the Project will support the National Assembly Committee on Law in the revision of the Law on organization and operation of the National Assembly; Law on oversight activities of the National Assembly; Law on organization of the Government; Law on organization of People’s Council and People’s Committee; and Law on promulgation of legal normative documents. The Project will also support the National Assembly Committee on Judiciary Affairs in their work relating to the Law on organization of People’s Court; Law on organization of People’s Procuracy; Law on organization of criminal investigation agencies; Criminal Procedure Code; and Law on anti-corruption. Through the Project, the cooperation between Committees of the National Assembly and research and information provision institutions will be further strengthened.

In his opening speech at the project launching ceremony, Mr. Dinh Xuan Thao, President of the Institute for Legislative Studies and National Project Director highlighted:  “We highly appreciate the support from UNDP to the National Assembly of Viet Nam in general and the Institute for Legislative Studies in particular. Thanks to the excellent support from UNDP, the research work and preparation for the amendment of the 1992 Constitution have been rapidly and actively carried out. This has effectively assisted the 1992 Constitution Amendment Drafting Board. We trust that with the support of experts from the United Nations as well as the support and guidance from the leadership of the National AssemblyViet Nam and its agencies, especially the  Committee on Judiciary Affairs, the Committee on Law and the Institute for Legislative Studies, this Project will be successful, building on the success of the previous project between UNDP and the Institute, thus effectively contributing to the improvement of the legal framework of Viet Nam in the coming time”.

The project takes place in the context that Viet Nam is undergoing a very significant development period. The focus of the development strategy of the country in 2011 - 2016 period, as decided at the XI Party Congress, is to continue improving the legal system, developing a rule of law state, reforming the operation of judicial bodies and especially enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the National Assembly.

The XIII National Assembly’s Law and Ordinance- making Program will focus on the revision of the Constitution, laws on organization of state apparatus and further improvement of legal regulations on the market economy. Since the majority of NA deputies are working part-time and two third of the total 500 deputies are newly elected, the provision of information and in-depth researches to support their deliberation of draft laws is very crucial.

In that context, the Institute for Legislative Studies needs to conduct fundamental researches to provide inputs for the organizational and operational reforms of the National Assembly. The institute is also tasked to research on issues relating the Constitution, legislative activities, important national issues to be decided by the National Assembly, thus supporting the oversight work of agencies and deputies of the National Assembly. Besides, the NA Committee on Law and Committee on Judiciary Affairs will play important role in the development and finalization of organic laws once the amendment to the 1992 Constitution is adopted.

“As a result of the ongoing development in the constitutional and legal framework in Viet Nam, the coming years are critical for the development of an efficient and effective legislative information system at the NA,” Mrs. Louise Chamberlain, Country Director of UNDP Viet Nam, emphasized in her speech at the event.  “To address these challenges, the ILS needs support to further strengthen its capacity to provide legislative information.  This three-year project will support the ILS in two main areas, namely the provision of information and high quality applicable researches and the support for NA deputies in developing legislative initiatives and turning them into draft laws.”

The launching ceremony was held in Hanoi today with the participation of Mr. Dinh Xuan Thao, President of the Institute for Legislative Studies; Mr. Le Minh Thong, Vice Chairman of the NA Committee on Law; Mr. Nguyen Van Luat – Vice Chairman of the NA Committee on Judiciary Affairs; and Mrs. Louise Chamberlain; Country Director of UNDP Viet Nam; and representatives from related agencies of the National Assembly, the Government and international organisations in Viet Nam.

The Project entitled “Strengthening the provision and exchange of legislative information among agencies of the National Assembly of Viet Nam” is supported by UNDP and implemented by the Institute for Legislative Studies  in collaboration with the NA Committee on Law and NA Committee on Judiciary Affairs.

Contact Information

Ms. Nguyen Mai Phuong, Acting Project Manager, ils-undp.vn@undp.org, tel: 08045804
Ms. Bui Phuong Tra, Program Officer, bui.phuong.tra@undp.org, tel: 043.9421495 (ext. 237)