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NA praises Covid-19 infection prevention efforts

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HANOI – The National Assembly (NA) praised the Government’s initial success in the fight against the coronavirus at the ninth sitting of the 14th NA, which kicked off this morning, May 20.

The success resulted from the strong determination and close cooperation of the State agencies and residents, noted the National Assembly.

Speaking at the session, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan pointed out that even though Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, emerged in early 2020 and has put a crimp in the country’s economic growth, production activities and other industries, Vietnam has essentially brought the disease under control.

The country successfully prevented the community spread of Covid-19, protecting the lives of residents, she said, adding that Vietnam’s Covid-19 response measures have been lauded by a number of international organizations and foreign countries.

Ngan stated that while the world’s economy has been dragged into a depression by the coronavirus pandemic, Vietnam’s gross domestic product growth in the first quarter reached 3.82%, ensuring the social welfare of residents.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the session is set to last for 19 days. It will be held online from May 20 to 29 for the first phase, while from June 8 to 18, for the second phase, deputies will gather at the NA building in Hanoi City for plenary meetings.

The NA will spend 10 days making laws, considering proposals and making decisions on socioeconomic and State budget issues, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

In addition, at the ninth sitting, the NA will approve 10 draft laws and consider various other draft resolutions such as the resolution on the law and ordinance making program for 2021, the resolutions ratifying the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA), and the resolution recognizing and permitting the enforcement of rulings issued by dispute settlement agencies under EVIPA and other agreements.

The NA will not organize the question-and-answer sessions at plenary meetings as usual, but NA deputies will send written queries to ministers and other Government members.

By Van Ly

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