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.

NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung opened the event, saying that said the session takes place at a time when regional and global economies are on track of recovery but still remain fragile.

In the first five months of this year, the country has obtained achievements in promoting economic growth, curbing inflation, ensuring social welfare, maintaining sovereignty and territorial integrity, defence and security, he said. However, he added, the macro economy faces an array of difficulties and challenges.

The situation requires drastic and uniform solutions as well as great efforts to successfully implement the socio-economic plan in 2013, creating an impetus for sustainable development in the following years, Hung noted.

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.

They will also examine the Government’s reports on the verification of the implementation of the socio-economic development plan and the State budge in 2012 and the first months of 2013.

Ten draft laws and a resolution on Law and Ordinance Building Programme in 2014 are expected to be ratified while the 13th NA’s Law and Ordinance Building Programme in 2013 will be adjusted.

Seven other draft bills will also be tabled at this session.

NA deputies will adopt a resolution on the law-making supervision activities in 2014.

Also during the session, the NA will conduct for the first time votes of confidence on persons holding positions elected or approved by the NA.

On the first day of working, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presented a report giving more details in task performance in 2012 and the first four months of this year as well as major solutions for the remaining months of 2013.

President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam also briefed on the collecting of voters’ opinions and proposals.-VNA