Vietnam's National Assembly concludes 8th session

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Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong described the legislative body's eighth session, which wrapped up on Friday, as an interesting and productive meeting.

Representatives discussed a number of important issues and left a great impression on the public nationwide, a report on the government website cited Trong as saying during his closing remarks.

During the biannual session, which began on October 20, national legislators passed nine laws and discussed nine other bills.

They also issued several other resolutions covering the supervisory role of the National Assembly, agricultural land taxes, administrative reforms, and the country's first oil refinery in Dung Quat.

During an open three-day session, the lawmakers had an opportunity to question Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his ministers about the fate of shipbuilder Vinashin, the development of two bauxite mines and Vietnam's energy shortage.

"The officials have seen their shortcomings and see their personal responsibilities more clearly," Trong said. "The National Assembly has asked them to take measures to work on those shortcomings."

Legislators have approved the government's economic targets for next year, including a 7-7.5 percent economic growth and a 7 percent inflation rate.

Trong said the next National Assembly session will be held in March.

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