Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung
said the Law on Planning was approved at the fourth session of the 14th NA
in November 2017 and took effect on January 1, 2019.
Eight months since it was enforced, ministries,
sectors and localities have different understandings of a number of the
law’s articles, leading to sluggish planning implementation for 2021-2030.
The Government proposed the NA Standing Committee
issue the resolution to explain a number of vague articles.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said that the
Law on Planning’s enforcement was key to national planning implementation.
However, planning at regional, sector and local levels had faced obstacles.
After the resolution was approved, the Government
would instruct sectors and localities to overcome the obstacles, he said,
adding that planning workload was huge with new projects, from marine
planning, land use planning to local and national planning.
Lawmakers at the meeting proposed the Government
issues a set of rules and steps to implement planning at national and local
level to avoid overlaps.
The NA spent the afternoon discussing a report which
reviews the policies on managing and using off-budget financial funds.
A decision to issue a decree on supervising the use
and management of these funds was made as the result of the discussion.
Athorough review of all of these funds, spent
between 2013-2018, will be conducted by the Government to evaluate
performance, from which rearrangement and merging of the funds might take
place, according to NA Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien.
The decision was made following the presentation of
the report by Nguyen Duc Hai, Chairman of the NA’s Finance-Budget Committee,
which found there had not been a consistent flow of management of these
funds at both the central and local levels of authority across the country.
The financial resources used to establish these
funds were not strong enough to make sure they can function without support
from the State budget, according to the report.
There were also overlaps between the functions and
missions of the funds, leading to their poor performance, the report said.
Based on these findings, Hai proposed the NA issues
a decree to better manage these funds, and terminate unnecessary and
Stressing the importance of the reviewing process,
Le Thi Nga, Chairwoman of the NA’s Judicial Committee, said there was a
loophole in the 2015 Law on State Budget.
The law regulated that these funds are ‘independent
from the State budget’, but provided only general guidance on defining their
functions. A legal corridor to manage them has not been established, she
Reading the report by the NA’s Finance-Budget
Committee, NA chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan pointed out there were some 100
legal documents allowing the establishment and regulating the functions of
This shows that our legal system to manage these
funds is complicated, inconsistent, nontransparent and impractical, she