Hanoi (VNA) – General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong presented a report asking for ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) during a sitting of the legislature in Hanoi on November 2.

The report said the early entry and ratification of the CPTPP reflects Vietnam’s strong commitment to reform and widespread global integration, affirming Vietnam’s important role and geo-political position in Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific and raising the country’s stature in ASEAN, the region and the world. 

Also during the sitting, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh delivered a report explaining in details the CPTPP and relevant documents, saying that CPTPP member countries affirm respect to political regime, national security, independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-intervention in internal affairs of each other. 

It also pointed out challenges in terms of legal framework, mechanisms, State budget collection, labour, information safety and security when joining the deal. 

Chairman of the NA Committee for External Affairs Nguyen Van Giau delivered a report examining the ratification of the CPTPP and relevant documents. 

Discussing in groups about the adoption of the CPTPP and related documents, almost lawmakers shared a view that it is a high-quality new-generation free trade agreement with the highest commitments so far. 

They suggested that the government should take comprehensive measures to tap Vietnam’s opportunities and advantages and promptly cope with negative impacts when the deal takes effect. 

In the afternoon, under the chair of NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien, the lawmaking body discussed a draft law on amendments and supplements of several articles of the laws regarding planning. 

Several legislators offered feedback on land use plan in provincial-level master plans.

Later, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung made clear several issues raised by deputies. 

Concluding the session, Hien asked the government to acquire lawmakers’ opinions about the amendments and supplements to several articles of the Law on Construction and Land Law. 

On November 3, the NA agencies will work on their own agenda. 

On November 5 morning, the legislature will hear a report reviewing the pilot issuance of e-visas for foreigners entering Vietnam.

It will later discuss the ratification of the CPTPP and related documents, the extension of the implementation of the Resolution No.30/2016/QH14 on pilot issuance of e-visas for foreigners entering Vietnam.

In the afternoon, the NA will discuss the draft Vietnam Coast Guard Law.-VNA