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Vietnam needs greater anti-corruption efforts
VNS 10:54, 2011/12/08
Vietnam should take stronger actions in the fight against corruption and help to create a more transparent environment for foreign investors.

The Hanoitimes - Vietnam should take stronger actions in the fight against corruption and help to create a more transparent environment for foreign investors.


This was o­ne of the recommendations put forward during the 10 th Dialogue o­n Anti-Corruption held in Hanoi.

Themed, “Assessing the impact of anti-corruption dialogues o­n anti-corruption work in Vietnam”, the event drew the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam Huynh Phong Tranh, UK Ambassador to Vietnam Antony Stokes and representatives from embassies, international organisations and donors in Vietnam.

The participants spoke highly of Vietnam ’s anti-corruption efforts in past years, especially in building a full legal framework in this field.

However, they suggested Vietnam seek further openness and transparency in the activities of State agencies, organisations and corporations.

Vietnam should increase the participation of the people, social and civil organisations, and especially the media, in the fight against corruption, they said.

Talking to the press o­n the sidelines of the dialogue, UK Ambassador Antony Stokes stressed that no country is free of corruption, so anti-corruption is a crucial task of all nations throughout the world.

According to Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordination in Vietnam , although Vietnam has recorded progress in corruption prevention, the country faces many difficulties, including the lack of information sharing among provinces, as well as experience and methodology.

Therefore, Vietnam should set out specific policies for this work in the next 5-10 years, she said.

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Phuc said the dialogue, firstly held in 2007, has become an effective information exchange channel that aims to gradually drive back corruption, especially in areas of high risk.

“In this fierce and long-term fight, Vietnam wishes to receive all-faceted support, especially in capital, from the international community and donors,” he said.

According to a report from the Supreme People’s Procuracy, in the 2007-2011 period, Vietnam has taken proceedings against 1,446 corruption cases with nearly 3,100 people involved.

 

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