negotiations hit by lagging legal reform
drawn from recent WTO membership winners show that how soon a country can join the
organisation depends very much on how seriously it implements the action plans and legal
Le Dang Doanh, advisor to the Minister of Planning and Investment, said that under the
prepared legal development agenda, the Ministry of Justice had reviewed 265 legal
documents. Ninety-four laws, including those need to be amended or newly constructed,
have been put on the National Assembly's agenda.
Doanh said this amount of documentation exceeded the supreme legislative body's
processing capacity. The National Assembly is this year expected to adopt around 20
laws, inclusive of those amended and newly developed, representing a significant
improvement thanks to the body's new, more efficient working approach. "Besides the
quantity, the quality is also a challenge," Doanh said.
also expressed concern about the progress of ongoing legal reforms. "
preparatory and implementation work requires the country's strong determination and a