Gov't reviews law making and enforcement work
12:17 | 24/11/2020

VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesady presided over a virtual conference to review law making and enforcement work over the past few years and work out measures to improve its quality in the time ahead.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc presides over a conference to review law making and enforcement and seek ways to improve its quality in the time ahead, Ha Noi, November 24, 2020. Photo: VGP

The conference took place a week after the 10th session of the 14th National Assembly concluded with the adoption of seven laws, which are scheduled to take effect in mid-2021 and early 2022.

This work is of greater significance as the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected socio-economic development and Viet Nam has inked important trade agreements (most recently the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership - RCEP), triggering the need to update arising problems.

The Government acts on the spirit of the rule of law and determines institutional perfection as a key strategic breakthrough, which has been emphasized by the Prime Minister on multiple occasions.

The Government chief often cites a classic economic book “Why Nations Fail” by American economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson to highlight the importance of institutions, while expressing his concern about how to make institutions truly an important driving force creating favorable conditions for national development.

From the beginning of this term, the Prime Minister affirmed his determination to build an enabling Government that actively designs a good legal system, good policies, and good institutions to nurture the economy, instead of just dealing with arising problems in a passive manner.

Every year, the Government organized 2 to 3 seminars on law making in an innovative manner. The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Ministers have convened many meetings to comment on the guiding stances and basic contents of many important and complicated law projects, aiming to orientate the research and drafting work to ensure the projects’ quality and progress.

At regular monthly cabinet meetings, as requested by the Prime Minister, institutional and policy building has often been among the top priorities.

The Prime Minister’s working group has also strengthened the inspection of the implementation of the Prime Minister’s tasks, conclusions and directions regarding the law-making work.

According to a report by the Ministry of Justice, in the past 5 years, the Government has submitted to the National Assembly and the National Assembly Standing Committee 71 bills and two draft ordinances.

The Government has issued 745 decrees, 24 more than the 2011-2015 figure, along with 232 decisions. Ministries and the ministry-level agencies have promulgated 2,422 circulars and 110 joint circulars, while localities have issued a total of 92,799 documents.

In recent times, the work of law making and enforcement has achieved important results. However, compared with the country’s actual development requirements, there still remain shortcomings and inadequacies.

“Each problem and difficulty faced by the people and businesses has its own cause, maybe due to institutions, the enforcement process or cadres’ implementation. You should closely monitor the situation of the country, feel the breath of life and provide immediate advice and proposals for the issuance of timely response policies, thus creating the most favorable conditions for national socio-economic development and meeting the Government’s requirement of taking drastic action to serve the people and businesses”, the Prime Minister once reminded judicial officials. “We do not accept the legal documents with contents serving the interest of a certain ministry or sector, instead of working for the sake of the whole society.”

At this conference, the Government will hear an overall report by the leader of the Ministry of Justice on the work of law making, perfecting and enforcement in the 2016-2020 period.

Also, delegates will discuss some other issues, including the institutionalization of the Party’s guidelines into policies and laws, the coordination in law making, perfecting and enforcing laws to meet the requirements of international economic integration, and perfecting a law-governed socialist Vietnamese state and the requirements set for the Government’s law making, perfecting and enforcement work./.

By Vien Nhu

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