National Assembly deputies debated the draft Anti-Terrorism Law at their fifth session in Hanoi on May 21.

Legislators shared the view that it is necessary to promulgate the Anti-Terrorism Law. They also agreed with a report on adjustments to the draft law and suggested supplementing key issues regarding articles and clauses of the document.

Many of them proposed devising policies to encourage individuals and organisations to fight terrorism and protect relatives of those engaged in the fight, as well as issuing reward policies for suppliers of terrorism-related information.

Regarding State agencies’ responsibilities in the fight against terrorism, law-makers called for clarifying the role of the armed forces, especially border guard soldiers. According to them, it is essential to specify the responsibilities of the Finance Ministry, customs agencies and relevant ministries and departments in their joint efforts against terrorism.

They also discussed how to tackle assets linked to funding terrorism, combating terrorism and investigations.

Also high on the agenda were the draft Law on amendments and supplements to a Number of Articles of the Law on Fire Prevention and Fighting, and the amended Laws on Valued-Added Tax and Corporate Income Tax.

The fifth session of the 13th National Assembly began on May 20 with its agenda focusing on law making and issues relating to the implementation of the national socio-economic development plan.

During the month-long sitting, deputies will continue giving their opinions to the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution on the basis of public feedback and debating the draft revised Land Law.

Also during the session, legislators will conduct for the first time votes of confidence on persons holding positions elected or approved by the National Assembly.-VNA