Vietnam intensifies collaborative anti-corruption efforts

(VOV) - The Vietnamese Government and localities have affirmed their stronger determination to combat corruption in collaboration with international agencies.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the affirmation at the 11th Anti- Corruption Dialogue (ACD) themed “Anti-Corruption Work in Locality: Reality and Solutions” which was held in Hanoi on December 6.

The dialogue reviewed anti-corruption measures across various Vietnamese localities during the past five years, a period which saw major changes in making State apparatus and administrative procedures more open and transparent.

During the review period, the inspectors conducted nearly 63,000 checks and asked the investigation agency to handle 464 corruption cases, adding more than VND1trillion to the State budget.

Corruption has become increasingly complicated as it operates across various sectors and poses an enormous challenge to the Vietnamese Party and State.

In his speech, Deputy PM Phuc said corruption in areas such as land management, capital investment construction, public investment and State budget management is a burning issue in localities, but no formal anti-corruption mechanism has been adopted.

Combating corrupt practices is a long-term struggle and needs close cooperation with international partners. Vietnam is keen to increase cooperation with these countries and agencies to share information, speed up technical assistance and legislative assistance to better serve the global fight against corruption, Phuc noted.

British ambassador to Vietnam Antony Stokes underlined the need to promote closer coordination between localities and relevant agencies to carry out anti-corruption measures effectively.

Local leaders should take stronger action in combating public investment-related corruption, Stokes said

At the dialogue, international donors also pledged to continue supporting the Vietnamese Government in preventing and curtailing corruption at every step.