Vietnam’s international integration affairs: Duties and powers of the Government

Vietnam’s international integration affairs: Duties and powers of the Government
Nguyễn Trinh

The Law on Government Organization 2015 of Vietnam officially takes effect from January 01, 2016. This Law has specified many issues of the Government: structure, functions, tenure, activities, tasks and powers, etc. of the Government, of which the prominent content is the regulation on duties and powers of the Government in foreign and international integration affairs.

Specifically, according to Article 22 of the Law on Government Organization 2015 of Vietnam, in foreign and international integration affairs, the Government has the following duties and powers.

- Carry out the consistent state management of foreign affairs and international integration; establish and propose fundamental foreign policies to the National Assembly.

- Organize the implementation of the foreign policy line of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, and multilateralization and diversification of international relations; proactively and actively engage in international integration and cooperation in the principles of respect for each other's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and non-interference in each other's international affairs as well as equality and mutual benefit; decide policies and measures to enhance and expand international relations with foreign countries and international organizations; protect independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and national interests as well as increase Vietnam's position in the international arena.

- Request the National Assembly and the President of Vietnam to consider, decide ratification, accession to or cancellation of International Agreements under the authority of the National Assembly and the President of Vietnam. Organize the negotiation and conclusion of International Agreements in the name of the State as authorized by the President of Vietnam. Decide the conclusion, accession to, ratification or cancellation of International Agreements in the name of the Government.