New countryside programme, sci-tech development under review hinh anh 1NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan presides over the meeting (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The 13th National Assembly (NA)’s Standing Committee convened its 48 th session in Hanoi on May 25 with the national target programme on new-style rural area building and science-technology development policies being the first to come under discussion.

NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien said the national target programme, carried out since 2010, has given a facelift to rural areas with upgraded transport systems and social infrastructure, as well as the improved material and spiritual life of local residents.

The Government and relevant ministries reported on the programme implementation to a NA delegation which has also supervised the work in six out of the 28 provinces inspected.

Looking into a report on the outcomes of the supervision, many participants said it is necessary to press on with communications to raise local officials and residents’ awareness of the programme.

They pointed out the prevalence of untrained labourers in rural areas, and hence, more attention is needed to provide vocational training and improve the quality of training. How to retain the achieved results in communes already recognised as new-style rural areas is also a problem to be dealt with, so that the national target programme achieves substantive effects.

The full report on the programme supervision outcomes and a draft resolution on the issue will be submitted to the 14th NA this October, Hien said.

A parliamentary delegation also inspected the enforcement of policies and laws on developing science – technology that aim to boost national industrialisation and modernisation in six provinces.

Discussing the supervision delegation’s report, some of the NA Standing Committee members said the report should focus on small- and medium-sized enterprises’ connectivity with big manufacturers, the domestic market, and the development of key mechanical industries.

The Standing Committee also mulled over other contents in the report, including science-technology’s role in promoting labour productivity and growth quality, improving manpower quality and the technology market.

It said in the report that the supervision delegation should clarify the responsibility of the Government, ministries and localities towards realising the guidelines, policies and laws on science-technology development. It also needs to devise solutions and suggest detailed policies supporting development in this field.

Vice Chairman Hien said the NA Standing Committee will soon issue a resolution on the issue in order to fuel science-technology development and national industrialisation and modernisation.

In the afternoon of May 25, the committee is set to scrutinise a draft resolution on the standards and classification of administrative units, and another stipulating the classification of cities. The National Election Council will also give a preliminary report about the recent election of deputies to the 14 th NA and all-level People’s Councils for 2016 – 2021.-VNA