APEC 2017: Workshop shares experience in corruption asset recovery

NDO/VNA – The APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies (ACT-NET) held a workshop on intensifying cooperation in revoking corruption assets among law enforcement agencies, on August 18 in Ho Chi Minh City. The workshop, held within the framework of the APEC 2017 third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM3), attracted the participation of many experienced speakers in the anti-corruption field, from both the public and private sectors. The event provided a chance for the member economies to discuss and share their experience and information concerning any difficulties and challenges, as well as cooperation between law enforcement agencies in taking back the assets related to corruption cases. Vietnam’s Deputy Inspectorate General Nguyen Van Thanh said that corruption is causing the country to lose resources, reducing the efficiency of public investment, eroding the trust of investors and weakening national competitiveness and businesses. Therefore, the recovery of corruption assets is an important factor in assessing the success of the fight against corruption and one of the main purposes of the work, he added. The outcomes of the workshop are expected to facilitate the ACT-NET and the APEC Anti-corruption and Transparency Working Group to carry out the directions and commitments to increasing the effectiveness of anti-corruption work in general and asset recovery in particular. ... [read more]

HA NOI (VNS) — The Government Inspectorate of Viet Nam released a UNDP-supported report yesterday, detailing why corrupt asset recovery is the least effective anti-corruption programme in the country. The report was conducted over a five-month period and involved the participation of civil servants from 16 ministries and ministerial-level agencies, and over 1,000 people in Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Bac Giang, Khanh Hoa and Dong Nai. Dinh Van Minh, deputy director of the Inspectorate Science Institute, said that only 10 per cent of corrupt assets were repatriated in 2013, and 22 per cent in 2014. "We only recently started to confiscate corrupt assets after a court officially sentences individuals on corruption charges," Minh said. Minh explained that it often takes time for authorised agencies and courts to investigate and prove an individual is fraudulently handling money. While a case is under investigation, the individual has time to transfer their property to close relatives. "It causes numerous difficulties to retrieval efforts of the corrupt assets," he said. Nguyen Tien Hao, deputy chief of the Government Inspectorate of Viet Nam, said that currently they could only supervise incomes and assets of officials serving State-run agencies via their declaration of assets and income. Statistics from the inspectorate agency show that nearly one million officials working in State agencies were required to declare assets and income. "We still fail to supervise the income and assets of all people in the country, he said. Therefore, corrupt assets transferred to people who do not serve in…... [read more]

NDO - As part of preparatory activities for the 13th Anti-corruption Dialogue, a workshop themed 'Corruption prevention and asset recovery measures' was organised in Hanoi on October 28 by the Government Inspectorate, the Ministry of Justice, the British Embassy and the Department of International Development in Vietnam. The workshop drew the participation of representatives from development partners, diplomatic missions and agencies related to anti-corruption in Vietnam. Addressing the opening ceremony, Deputy Inspector General Tran Duc Luong affirmed the country's comprehensive legal framework for corruption prevention, which is quite similar to that in other countries. However, the recovery of assets involved in corruption is a challenge which should be addressed with a long-term strategic vision, Luong said. He expressed his hope that the delegates would share international experiences and recommendations that sync well with Vietnam in order to improve the efficiency of anti-corruption and asset recovery measures. During the half-day gathering, the delegates were briefed on the situation of anti-corruption asset recovery in the country and recommendations for Vietnam on the matter. The workshop's results will be synthesised to finalise a report at the 13th Anti-Corruption Dialogue, which is scheduled to take place on November 26 in Hanoi.... [read more]

(VNA/VOVworld) - The UN Convention on Anti-Corruption Chapter VI : Technical Assistance and Information Exchange is the main theme of the ongoing 6th International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA)Annual Conference and General Meeting in Kula Lumpur. A Vietnamese delegation led by Vice Director Nguyen Hai Phong of the Supreme People's Procuracy of Vietnam, along with 1000 anti-corruption officials from 100 countries around the globe, are attending the event. In his opening speech yesterday, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said corruption is such a big threat that all countries have to exert long-term efforts to combat it. The Malaysian government considers anti-corruption efforts a priority in its Government Transformation and Economic Transformation programs. During the 4-day meeting, participants will focus on law enforcement, anti-corruption, asset recovery, and international cooperation. Their discussion will also include human resource training; technical assistance; information collection, exchange, and processing; experience sharing; and the implementation of the convention of combating corruption through economic development.... [read more]

The following is the full text of the declaration. 2016 LEADERS’ DECLARATION We, the Leaders of APEC, met in Lima under the theme of Quality Growth and Human Development to continue working on our common endeavor to support free and open trade and investment, sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Within this vision, in 2016 we have focused our efforts on the following thematic priorities: Regional Economic Integration and Quality Growth; Enhancing the Regional Food Market; Towards the Modernization of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Asia-Pacific; and Developing Human Capital. Eight years after Peru hosted APEC for the first time, the world economic recovery is progressing, but facing increasingly far-reaching and interrelated challenges. The confluence of inequality in some economies and uneven economic growth, as well as environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change, affect prospects for sustainable development, and deepen uncertainty toward the immediate future. In addition, globalization and its associated integration processes are increasingly being called into question, contributing to the emergence of protectionist trends. While these challenges may pose a risk to our common aspirations and objectives, we recommit our efforts to ensure APEC maintains its global leadership as a forum that can, through cooperation, tackle the most pressing problems, and continue to be an incubator of ideas of the future. In that sense, we remain committed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as it represents a balanced and comprehensive multilateral framework for international…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – APEC leaders released a declaration on their 24th meeting in Lima, Peru on November 20. The following is the full text of the declaration. 2016 LEADERS’ DECLARATION We, the Leaders of APEC, met in Lima under the theme of Quality Growth and Human Development to continue working on our common endeavor to support free and open trade and investment, sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Within this vision, in 2016 we have focused our efforts on the following thematic priorities: Regional Economic Integration and Quality Growth; Enhancing the Regional Food Market; Towards the Modernization of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Asia-Pacific; and Developing Human Capital. Eight years after Peru hosted APEC for the first time, the world economic recovery is progressing, but facing increasingly far-reaching and interrelated challenges. The confluence of inequality in some economies and uneven economic growth, as well as environmental degradation and the risks posed by climate change, affect prospects for sustainable development, and deepen uncertainty toward the immediate future. In addition, globalization and its associated integration processes are increasingly being called into question, contributing to the emergence of protectionist trends. While these challenges may pose a risk to our common aspirations and objectives, we recommit our efforts to ensure APEC maintains its global leadership as a forum that can, through cooperation, tackle the most pressing problems, and continue to be an incubator of ideas of the future. In that sense, we remain committed to the implementation…... [read more]

City circus act nets Spain silver The Saigon Times Daily The “Upside down swing” by HCMC Circus artists Hoang An and Thu Hiep - Photo: Courtesy of the organizer Circus performance Du chong dau (upside down swing) by artists Hoang An and Thu Hiep was awarded the silver medal at 2nd Figueres International Circus Festival from in Spain earlier this month, reports Sai Gon Giai Phong. The news was confirmed on Tuesday by composer Ho Van Thanh, who is head of the HCMC Circus. Last year, the artists also brought home a silver medal at the Moscow International Youth Circus Festival Nikulin 2012 in Russia and gold medal at the Almaty International Circus Festival in Kazakhstan for the same performance. This year’s Figueres festival granted gold to a horse performance of a Russian troupe and a Chinese acrobatic display with hoops. Another silver medal went to a hoop swing by Russian artist Yana Serdyukova, with bronzes going to Canada and Russia. The event attracted 27 acts from the U.S., Russia, China, Brazil, Japan, Vietnam, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Argentina and the hosts Spain.... [read more]

There has been an inevitability about Manchester City's journey to the Premier League title since Abu Dhabi petro-dollars began flooding into the club in 2008 but they still required a steady hand at the tiller to navigate them to glory through one of the most unpredictable seasons for decades. Photo: Reuters Roberto Mancini was appointed in December 2009 as the man to make realise the dream, knocking cross-town rivals Manchester United off their perch, and the former Inter Milan coach proved himself equal to whatever the job threw his way. Since taking over from the sacked Mark Hughes, Italian Mancini has endured the initial disappointment of failing to qualify for the Champions League in 2010, suffered criticism over his style of football and even quelled mutiny within the ranks. Importantly, however, even when making a disappointing group stage exit on their Champions League debut this season, there has been no sense of panic at the top. More than 400 million pounds ($643.88 million) has been spent on players since Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan bought City as, first under Hughes, they began assembling a squad that is the envy of almost every club in world football. There is a price to pay, though, for the man in charge of such a shopping list and caressing the egos of enormously well-paid footballers week in and week out has often proved the undoing of many high-calibre managers in the Premier League. Initially, City's detractors said they were a bunch of individuals, lacking…... [read more]

The Ban Gioc Waterfall lies on a stretch of the Viet Nam-China border in Trung Khanh District of the northern province of Cao Bang, some 90kms away from Cao Bang City. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet Detailed plans for the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourism site were announced yesterday by Cao Bang Province’s People’s Committee and the Ministry of Construction. The master plan was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in April this year. The waterfall is the fourth largest border waterfall in the world and was named one of the ten most spectacular waterfalls in the world by travel site Touropia. The announcement calls for investment to turn the Ban Gioc Waterfall into a key local and national tourism site, contributing to boosting the development of the northern mountainous province and the region. Under the plan, the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourist site will cover 1,000ha while the central area of the site will cover 156.7ha. Facilities will be also built in the zone to serve tourism, including hotels and service areas. The tourist site is expected to welcome approximately 750,000 visitors per year and have more than 1,000 rooms for tourists by 2020. By 2030, the tourist site is estimated to receive 1.2 million visitors and have some 1,750 rooms for visitors. The central area of the Ban Gioc Waterfall tourist site is set to have four areas including the Ban Gioc aterfall landscape, the landscape along the Quay…... [read more]

Vietnam's government has confirmed it has taken delivery of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday that Vietnam is developing defense cooperation with India to allow the country to pursue its defense policies. “The arms purchase is in line with Vietnam’s peaceful national defense policies aimed at protecting the country,” Hang said. She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and India is growing in various areas and contributing to peace, stability and development in the region and the world. The BrahMos missile was developed by Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, traveling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kilometers per hour. The three-ton missiles can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. India has already supplied patrol vessels to Vietnam and has been providing military training, but the missiles are the first arms trade deal between the two countries. Details of the value of the deal have not been revealed. Vietnam is building up its military amid tensions in the disputed East Sea, which is known internationally as the South China Sea. The country has also ordered six Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines from Russia in a deal worth $2 billion. The latest arrived last January.... [read more]




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