Lawmakers discuss State budget estimate for 2018, 2019 hinh anh 1At the meeting (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Lawmakers discussed the State budget estimate for 2018 and the  allocation for 2019, as well as the State budget financial plan for 2019-2021 during the ongoing sixth session of the 14th National Assembly (NA) in Hanoi on October 29, which was broadcast live nationwide. 

Under the direction of NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien, they also reviewed the mid-term public investment plan for 2016-2020. 

As many as 44 legislators gave opinions about outcomes and shortcomings in State budget estimate for 2018, including revenues from export; spending on healthcare, education, environment, social welfare policies, and public and government debts; as well as discipline in managing State expenditures and revenues. 

They offered feedback on improving transparency and accountability for the use and management of public investment; capital disbursement in key national projects; the national target programmes; the use of official development assistance; and legislation in public, public-private partnership, and build-transfer projects. 

Other issues such as tax reform strategy, improvement of national financial capacity, and the State budget allocation for 2019 were also tabled for discussion. 

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Le Minh Hung, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, and Finance Minister Dinh Tien Dung made clear several issues raised by deputies. 

On October 30, the legislature will hear a report on the implementation of the NA’s resolutions on supervising question-and-answer sessions from the beginning of the tenure up to the 14th NA’s fourth session, and a report on the outcomes of dealing with voters’ suggestions sent to the fifth session. 

The NA will also conduct question-and-answer sessions later. 

The continued meeting will be broadcast live across the nation. –VNA