Government look to several important bills

Wednesday, 2017-08-23 11:55:51
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PM Phuc speaks at the working session (Photo: VGP)
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NDO - The Government held a working session on law building, on August 22, in order to make comments on several bills that will be submitted to the National Assembly at the end of this year.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that the Government has made every effort to develop laws, and submit them to the National Assembly for approval, to meet the requirements for national development.

However, there remain a number of bottlenecks and inadequacies in institution building that requires the Government to focus on completing institutions in regard to laws and policies.

Commenting on the draft Law on Competition (revised), Cabinet members agreed that the draft law continues to regulate unfair competition while covering the provisions of laws from other sectors.

Regarding the draft Law on Environmental Protection Tax (revised), Cabinet members agreed to raise the environmental protection tax rate for petroleum from VND1,000 - 4,000 per litre to VND3.000 - 8.000 per litre, while keeping the tax rate on kerosene unchanged.

The environmental tax rate imposed on biofuels is equal to 70-80% of the tax rate impose on fossil fuels. The Government also agreed with the tax increases on HCFCs used in refrigeration and plastic bags.

The Cabinet also took the time to discuss the draft Law on Special Administrative-Economic Units and assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to complete the draft law in the direction that this will be the general law on the special economic administrative areas, which will be applied first in Phu Quoc, Van Don and Van Phong.

The PM said that the draft law must ensure transparency and preferential treatment for investors in such special administrative economic areas.

The PM also decided to amend the Public Investment Law and consider the building of the law in the model of public-private partnership.

Regarding draft laws relating to land, housing building, investment, business and planning, PM Phuc asked the related ministries to be more active in reviewing and amending these draft laws in order to remove and revise regulations that are no longer suitable to the current situation and are detrimental to enterprises.

Cabinet members also agreed with the suggestions made by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Central Institute for Economic Management to eliminate 2,000 out of the 4,000 existing business conditions set by ministries.

The PM asked ministries to report the list of eliminated business conditions to the Government by the end of this year.