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Vietnam’s 14th National Assembly to convene

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The 11th session of Vietnam’s 14th National Assembly (NA) will convene today.

The session is the final sitting of the 14th NA– the highest state legislative body in Vietnam. The NA Standing Committee, led by Chairwoman Nguyen Thị Kim Ngan, is likely to cover a host of topics ranging from COVID-19, the amendment of the nation’s Law on Drug Prevention and Control and the recent lobbying by the Vietnamese airline industry for a bailout package amidst a flailing tourism sector. Tourism—bolstered by a growing aviation market—contributed to 9.2% of Vietnam’s economy in 2019. These two sectors support one another and are vital in maintaining Vietnam’s economic growth.

The meeting also serves as an informal review of the 14th NA for the 2016-2021 term. The review is set to report on the performance of the President Nguyen Phu Trong, the Head of Government – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc – and other various committees.

Expect a statement from the Standing Committee on the success of the 14th NA, particularly in containing the pandemic and expanding economic growth over the last term. Announcements will also be made on vacant positions up for election in the upcoming 15th National Assembly on 23 May.

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