Revise Youth Laws to better support Youth Movements

Web.HCYU.11/9/2019. National Assembly Vice Chairman Phung Quoc Hien desired that the revised Youth Law would ignite the youthful spirit of the youth, and at the same time clarify the rights and obligations of the youth.

Promote startups among the Youth

In the morning of September 10, the Standing Committee of the National Assembly commented on the revised Youth Law. At the meeting, Home Affairs Minister Le Vinh Tan said that after 13 years of implementing and reviewing the Youth Law, the Law has created a legal framework to provide welfare and education to young people. The Law has also promoted the role of youth organizations, especially the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) and improved the effectiveness and efficiency of state management on youth affairs.

However, due to the new socio-economic circumstances, the requirements for accelerating industrialization, modernization and international integration, the Youth Laws need to be revised to support the Youth better.

According to Mr. Le Vinh Tan, the draft of the Youth Law (amended) consists of 6 Chapters, 62 Articles, an increase of 26 articles compared to the current law. “The Draft Law clearly stipulates the responsibilities of families and schools in taking care of and ensuring that young people can study, develop talents, have vocational training, receive career orientation information, and get employed, ”Mr. Tan said.

Through research, the Standing Committee of Culture, Education, Youth and Children of the National Assembly said that youth is the factor that play an important role in determining the future and destiny of the country, given their  physical strength and creative thinking.

The Standing Committee said that the main purpose of establishing rights, obligations and policies for young people is to create a legal framework for young people to promote their ability and intelligence to contribute to the public, instead of creating privileges and benefits for young people compared to other citizens. Therefore, the Standing Committee asked the Drafting Committee to redefine the approach from which to build the content of rights, obligations and policies scientifically and valuable in practical implementation.

Regarding policies to support young people starting their businesses, the Standing Committee recognizes that this is a new policy associated with the youth's creative start-up trend. Currently, this issue does not have a full legal corridor, so the provisions in the draft are necessary. However, it is necessary to study issues related to creative start-ups to encourage and promote the youth entrepreneurship movement.

At the beginning of the discussion, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan asked the First Secretary of the HCYU to explain the differences between the Youth Union and the Vietnam Youth Federation. According to First Secretary Le Quoc Phong, the Youth Union is the socio-political organization of Vietnamese youth, while the Vietnam Youth Federation is a broad social organization of youth.

According to Mr. Le Quoc Phong, in order to become a member of the Youth Union, the conditions and requirements are more difficult in terms of politics, excellence, and mechanism for selection. “The Vietnam Youth Federation is considered to be the front to widely gather all young people. Anyone can join the Federation, but those who wish to join the Union will need to meet prerequisites ” Mr. Le Quoc Phong said.

Mr. Le Quoc Phong speaking at the conference
Mr. Le Quoc Phong speaking at the conference

In terms of scale, the Youth Union has 6.3 million members, with a system from the central to grassroots levels. And the Vietnam Youth Federation has about 10 million members. In particular, nowadays, the State no longer grants human resource to the Youth Federation and the Union of Students anymore, the Central Committee of the HCYU has to introduce its own staffs to support those two organizations. And the budget issue is granted according to the specific projects every year.

Proposal to raise the youth age to 35, or 40 years old

"Don't ask what our country did for us, but rather what we did for our country today." Citing the verse of "Youth Aspiration", Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly Phung Quoc Hien hoped that this amendment should ignite the youthful vigor of the youth, and at the same time clarify the rights and obligations of young Vietnamese.

Also at the discussion session, many delegates also proposed research on the model of the Ministry of Youth, led by the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Youth Union, as a Minister, to perform the state management function of youth affairs. According to Mr. Nguyen Van Hai, young people are already involved in policy making in many countries. This new feature is highlighted by the world at many youth forums, so we also need to pay attention to this issue.

Chairman of the Legal Committee Nguyen Khac Dinh reiterated Uncle Ho's sentence: “A year begins with a spring. A life begins with Youth. Youth is the spring of the society ”. He said that, in the era of global citizen, the definition on Youth also needs to meet the global standard. Therefore, the law must fix the difficulties, inadequacies and the weaknesses of young people. He also proposed to raise the age of the Youth to 35 or 40 instead of 30 years old.

Agreeing with the need to amend this law, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan asked the drafting committee to abide by Article 37 of the 2013 Constitution, the youth force is facilitated in studying, working and leading the in innovation and national defense. To approach the proposal asking to separate the rights and obligations of the youth, the National Assembly Chairman also agreed with the provisions on youth dialogue, but emphasized the practicality, effectiveness and avoidance of formality and avoid duplication.


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