Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chaired a Government meeting on lawmaking in Hanoi on July 27 and 28, focusing on the progress of a programme to build laws and ordinances and determining relevant tasks for the rest of this year.

In the first half of this year, the government issued six resolutions and the Prime Minister released five decisions and two documents guiding ministries and ministry-level agencies on enacting laws and ordinances, reported Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong at the event.

Generally, draft laws and ordinances were submitted to the National Assembly on schedule and were of good quality, he added.

During the period, ministries and ministry-level agencies were required to submit 21 draft laws and ordinances to the government, five of which were approved, 11 others received government feedback and the remaining three—including the draft law on demonstration, the revised law on press and amendments and supplements to some articles of the law on technology transfer—sought permission for delayed submission.

They were also asked to submit 178 documents, including 155 guiding in detail the enforcement of 34 valid laws and ordinances and 23 others regulating the enforcement of four laws that are to take effect on January 1, 2016.

However, only 53 out of 155 documents have been issued.

In his speech, the PM demanded ministries and ministry-level agencies bridge existing shortcomings and submit the bill on associations, the draft amended law on press and a draft ordinance on market management to the Government for adoption before the end of the year.

In parallel with keeping law-making on schedule, more heed should be paid to the alignment, quality, constitutionality, legitimacy and feasibility of laws, ordinances and documents guiding law enforcement, he said.

During the meeting, participants also gave feedback on nine draft laws and ordinances, including laws on associations; belief and religion; information access; export-import tariff; issuance of administrative decisions; signing, joining and implementing international treaties; planning; and asset auctions, as well as an ordinance on professional military personnel and defence workers and officers.-VNA