NA Standing Committee opens 25th session hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the session (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Assembly Standing Committee began its 25th session on July 11 with discussions on contentious points in the draft law on the Vietnam Coast Guard.

The version tabled for discussion this time has been revised after debates at the fifth session of the 14th National Assembly.

Concluding the discussions, NA Vice Chairman Do Ba Ty said most opinions of the NA Standing Committee agreed to classify the coast guard as part of the armed forces.

The Standing Committee required further clarification about the tasks and power of the force to prevent overlapping. The relations between the coast guard and other forces such as the navy and the border guard also need to be clarified.

Also in the morning of July 11, the Standing Committee gave opinions on debatable matters in the draft law on protecting state secrets.

The 25th session of the NA Standing Committee will last three days, during which three bills – the draft law on the Vietnam Coast Guard, the draft law on prevention and fight corruption (revised) and the draft law on protecting state secrets - will be tabled for discussion.

The committee will look into the plans on allocating and using the unused medium-term investment capital from the State budget in 2016-2020, and on allocating medium-term public investment capital to the national target programme on the East Sea and islands.

Other items on the working agenda include a draft resolution of the NA Standing Committee on the environmental tax list, and a draft decree stipulating some specific mechanisms on investment, finance, budget and decentralized administration for the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

At this session, the NA Standing Committee is also scheduled to consider the implementation of a number of stipulations in the Investment Law, the Public Investment Law and the Law on Environmental Protection related to environment impact assessment of investment projects.

The committee will consider and decide on the organisation and apparatus of a number of administrative units in Binh Duong, Ha Tinh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces; and the appointment of ambassadors for the 2018-2021 tenure.-VNA