Vietnam's parliament seeks to bolster support to youth

Tuesday, 2018-01-09 11:01:41
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Vietnamese youngsters join the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, Russia last October. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – Adjustment to youth policies is necessary to facilitate youth development, heard a Hanoi conference held by the National Assembly (NA)’s the Culture, Education, Youth and Children Committee on January 8.

Politburo member and NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong joined the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam in presiding over the conference, which aimed to collect feedback from relevant ministries and sectors on the implementation of youth policies and proposed additional mechanisms to support youngsters in mountainous and remote areas.

First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee Le Quoc Phong said that the system of youth development policies has been shaped by the institutional framework, thereby creating favourable conditions for youth to access education opportunities and tuition fee exemption. Many other policies are well implemented in labour and employment, such as job creation policies, offering loans for startup, and vocational training support for female labourers.

Phong argued that the reality has also brought about new issues that need to be added to the current laws, including encouraging young people to start their own businesses, helping ethnic minority youth to access loans and investing in cultural institutions for young people.

The NA’s the Culture, Education, Youth and Children Committee hosts a conference in Hanoi on January 8, discussing adjustments and implementation of youth development policies. (Screenshot capture/VTV)

Delegates at the event also pointed out limitations during implementation of the 2005 Youth Law and improper investment in youth associated with socio-economic development. They emphasised the need for a specific mechanism to create breakthroughs in developing youth development policies, at the same time implementing such policies in a comprehensive, drastic and effective manner.

Deputy PM Dam required radical changes in youth work in the near future, urging concerned ministries and authorities to actively advise the Government and the NA on the amendment of the Youth Law and other policies on youth development.

NA Vice Chairwoman Phong urged NA agencies to enhance supervision over the building and implementation of the youth development policies. The Ministry of Home Affairs shall coordinate with the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in reviewing a number of youth programmes and projects for proper adjustment in the coming time.

She required relevant ministries and agencies in 2018 to make an overall assessment of the proposed amendments to the 2005 Youth Law and proposed the amended Youth Law to the NA for discussion by 2019.