Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly commenced its first-ever online session on Wednesday morning against the backdrop of the ongoing novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The ninth session of the 14th-tenure National Assembly (NA) is scheduled to take place from May 20 to June 18.
The session will be divided into two phases, with the first organized as a teleconference from May 20 to 29.
Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Hanoi-based delegates will attend the session at the NA Building in the capital.
Other NA members in other provinces and cities in the country will tune in from their respective local offices.
The second phase, which runs from June 8 to 18, will be held traditionally as all deputies across the country are required to show up at the NA Building in Hanoi.
Following the opening speech of Chairwoman Ngan, the legislators listened to the government’s reports on the country’s socio-economic development.
Delegates are set to spend most of the first day considering the ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).
They will spend more than half of the working time on lawmaking, including voting on ten draft laws and discussing six others.
During the ninth session, the NA will also consider and make decisions on some socio-economic and state budget issues.
Notably, the question-and-answer section will not be organized during the live meeting as usual. Instead, NA deputies will send their written queries to ministers and other government members.
Regarding personnel work, the NA is expected to carry out procedures to relieve Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue of his post as he has been assigned a new job as Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee.
Nguyen Thanh Hai will also be officially relieved of her post as member of the NA Standing Committee to start her duty as Secretary of the Party Committee in the northern province of Thai Nguyen.