Central committee orders faster settlement of major corruption cases

VietNamNet Bridge – The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Government Inspectorate received 65 phone calls denouncing signs of corruption in the Lunar New Year 2015 (February 14-23), reported online news site VNexpress. According to the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s report, none of the cases involved officials receiving Tet gifts was recorded. However, a month before and after Tet, the agency had 65 calls from citizens reporting signs of corruption of some officials receiving Tet gifts. Of the denunciations, 20 were related to officials in the fields of industry and trade, 17 in the area of natural resources and minerals and 15 for the transport sector. The bureau chief, Pham Trong Dat, said this was the first Tet that the bureau had made public its hotline for corruption denouncement. Concerning the processing of anti-corruption information, Dat said: "Of the 65 calls, we directly answered and gave instruction to 32 sources of information. The remaining sources of information need verification and they are archived to report to the higher authorities for further investigation." The official said that though the Government Inspectorate had sent a dispatch urging the ministries and ministerial-level agencies to submit reports on the implementation of the state regulations on presenting, receiving and handling in gifts. But by February 27, the bureau received reports of 52 agencies. Dat said that it was very difficult to process information on gift giving and receiving because this mainly depends on the self-discipline and honesty of the recipient. To address this, the Anti-corruption Bureau has recommended to…... [read more]

In the morning of November 24, the provincial Party Committee held a conference to review the works of corruption prevention in 2 years 2013 and 2014 and deploying tasks in the time to come. Acting Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Nguyen Minh, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Tran Van Minh, Chief Department of the interior of the provincial Party Committee Vo Thai Nguyen chaired the conference. The corruption prevention work in 2013-2014 in the province has been implemented comprehensively with positive changes. 7 cases related to corruption were found with total losses of over VND 03 billion. However, the result of anti-corruption work has been still limited, and it was directed to enhance more in the future. Speaking at the conference, Mr. Phan Dinh Trac - Head of the Central Interior Committee highly appreciated the efforts of Quang Ngai in the anti-corruption, and asked the province to supervise and direct the settlement of collective corruption cases, creating the belief for local people in anti-corruption. At the conference, the provincial Party Committee announced the hot lines for anti-corruption information (055.3821237; 0913428304). Minh Thien... [read more]

The Party Committee of the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai has issued a regulation to reward providers of information related to corruption in the province with up to VND10 million (US$470). The regulation was announced on Tuesday as a new move to boost the efficiency of the anti-corruption fight in the province, said Vo Thai Nguyen, head of the Internal Affairs Commission of the local Party Committee. Accordingly, the cash reward will range between VND500,000 ($23.5) to VND10 million per piece of information, depending on the importance of information, he said. Although such rewards are not big, they will contribute to encouraging everybody to engage in anti-corruption activities, the official said. Corruption whistleblowers can submit evidence related to corruption acts, such as documents, materials, videotapes, recording tapes, or others directly at the office of the commission or by post, email or facsimile. They can also report a corruption act to the agency through the hotline 055.3821237 and 0913428304. Anti-corruption information is required to be correct, complete, and verifiable, the commission said. All details related to corruption whistleblowers will be kept confidential, the commission added. Since 2013, 113 Party members and three Party units in the province have been found committing corruption acts, the commission said at an anti-corruption conference held the same day. Three months ago, the Government Inspectorate and the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced their draft joint circular of detailing rules on rewarding corruption whistleblowers. Accordingly, when denunciators can help the state recover the lost money worth…... [read more]

A website on fighting corruption was launched in Hanoi on May 4th, serving as an information bridge between the Party, State and people. The website is the official voice of the Central Steering Committee on fighting corruption, carrying viewpoints and policies of the Party and State's law to officials, Party members and people. It also provides accurate and timely information in line with the political orientation on fighting corruption across the country and encourages people to join hands in fighting the evil. Addressing the launch, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed the significance of disseminating information on anti-corruption. He urged ministries, agencies and localities to provide anti-corruption information to the website, which can be found at http://www.phongchongthamnhung.vn or http://oscac.gov.vn or http://oscac.vn. Source: VNA... [read more]

In an interview with the press on the sideline of the 10th anti-corruption dialogue in Hanoi on November 29, chief government inspector Huynh Phong Tranh emphasized the role of the media in this field. . How has the nine dialogues on anti-corruption influenced the operation of the Government Inspectorate? In the past five years, we have issued hundreds of by-law documents on corruption prevention. We have also widely diffused information and knowledge about anti-corruption to the people and the society to raise their awareness of corruption. Particularly, the press has quickly informed the society of anti-corruption task, which has made effective effects on citizens’ awareness and also anti-corruption bodies. The detection and dealing with corruption cases is more effective and timely. Though fighting corruption is a difficult field but at some level, we have been more brave in preventing corruption and have initially built people’s trust on the government’s anti-corruption effort. We have also established specialized agencies on anti-corruption, which work as the think tank for the Party and government in combating corruption. After completing the legal system on anti-corruption, what will we do? After the 10th dialogue, we will review the five year implementation of the Law on Anti-corruption and prepare to review the implementation of the 3rd Resolution on Anti-corruption and the UN Convention on Anti-corruption. This will be the largest mission in 2012. We will also call for stronger participation of the people and society in preventing and fighting corruption. We will expand the approach to information…... [read more]

– The Government has instructed the Government Inspectorate to combine with relevant agencies to review the implementation of asset declaration of officials. The sum-up report will be the ground for building legal documents on supervising income of officials. The Central Steering Board for Anti-Corruption has reviewed five-year implementation of the Law on Anti-corruption. According to this agency, the anti-corruption task in the past five years still has many weaknesses; corruption is still serious in many fields and still a great concern of the entire society. From October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2009, 220 corruption cases were prosecuted. So far this year, 61 officials have been punished for irresponsibility, which caused corruption in their field of management. In an independent research work on corruption, Jairo Acuna-Alfaro, policy adviser of UNDP Vietnam, said that corruption and bribery in Vietnam has become popular. As corruption is getting sophisticated, he said that the most important thing in combating corruption is anti-corruption agencies are capable to evaluate corruption situation and to effectively supervise policy-makers. “The supervisory right needs to be performed fully in fact, instead of in regulations only,” the UNDP advisor said. Jairo Acuna-Alfaro agreed that the analysis ability of anti-corruption agencies in Vietnam has been improved, but he noted that it is necessary to use data and evidences to show their progress, instead of verbal description. James Anderson, from the World Bank, said that tough measures are needed to combat corruption. He mentioned four factors: making an independent mechanism for investigative agencies;…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The Government has instructed the Government Inspectorate to combine with relevant agencies to review the implementation of asset declaration of officials. The sum-up report will be the ground for building legal documents on supervising income of officials. The Central Steering Board for Anti-Corruption has reviewed five-year implementation of the Law on Anti-corruption. According to this agency, the anti-corruption task in the past five years still has many weaknesses; corruption is still serious in many fields and still a great concern of the entire society. From October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2009, 220 corruption cases were prosecuted. So far this year, 61 officials have been punished for irresponsibility, which caused corruption in their field of management. In an independent research work on corruption, Jairo Acuna-Alfaro, policy adviser of UNDP Vietnam, said that corruption and bribery in Vietnam has become popular. As corruption is getting sophisticated, he said that the most important thing in combating corruption is anti-corruption agencies are capable to evaluate corruption situation and to effectively supervise policy-makers. "The supervisory right needs to be performed fully in fact, instead of in regulations only," the UNDP advisor said. Jairo Acuna-Alfaro agreed that the analysis ability of anti-corruption agencies in Vietnam has been improved, but he noted that it is necessary to use data and evidences to show their progress, instead of verbal description. James Anderson, from the World Bank, said that tough measures are needed to combat corruption. He mentioned four factors: making an independent mechanism for…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (CSCAC) to determine on implementing synchronous measures to fight corruption. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the meeting (Source: VNA) The PM made the request while attending the committee’s 16 th regular meeting in Hanoi on Nov. 15. The meeting aimed to review anti-corruption work in the third quarter of this year and put forwards measures for the remaining months of 2011 and early 2012. The CSCAC should focus more on measures to prevent corruption acts, including speeding up the completion of institutions, administrative reforms, inspection and audit to timely detect and deal with corruption, PM Dung said. To ensure the efficiency of public investment projects, the Government will closely supervise the implementation of these projects in the direction of placing responsibility on those who make investment decisions, he added. The PM entrusted the Government Inspectorate to build a decree requesting heads of agencies to actively publicise their bodies’ spending and investment. Emphasising the importance of anti-corruption information, the Government leader suggested media agencies continue speeding up the popularisation and education on corruption prevention in combination with implementing the campaign “Studying and following the moral example of President Ho Chi Minh”. Speaking at the meeting, CSCAC members said that anti-corruption work has recorded certain achievements over the past time, representing the determination of the Party and State and stressing the role, position and importance of the fight against corruption in the social life. However, the fight is…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (CSCAC) to determine on implementing synchronous measures to fight corruption. View more pictures... [read more]

Mr. Vu Tien Chien, Head of the Office of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, emphasised the significance of a bribe worth nearly VND 1 billion ($54,000) to BIDV's Vice General Manager. The investigation is continuing and will be taken very seriously by authorities. "We are highly appreciative of the very quick actions from the Hanoi police, which show offensive and stern measures in anti-corruption tasks," said Chien. He also added, "This is a noteworthy lesson to warn everyone that they need to always be vigilant." This is a case of a leader, from a top bank in Vietnam, accepting a bribe despite his position. Chien said his organisation would closely monitor the investigation of the case. The Office of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption is taking more steps to increase their effectiveness. They signed an MOU regarding anti-corruption and civil rights with South Korea on February 3. Under the MOU, the two sides will strengthen collaborative cooperation on exchanging anti-corruption information and documents, organising and participating in anti-corruption forums and workshops, training personnel to improve professionalism as well as exchanging advanced technologies for anti-corruption. The Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption hopes to further expand the MOU with other nations as well.... [read more]




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