Vietnam determined to fight corruption

NDO – Today, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) solemnly celebrates the 50th anniversary of its establishment (August 8, 1967-2017), which is an important event marking the 50th-year of ASEAN’s development and maturity as well as an opportunity for member countries to look back on the past with many ups and downs, but affirms their determination to steadily advance together in the way ahead. On August 8, 1967, with the aspiration of enhance cooperation in the Southeast Asia, Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines signed the Bangkok Declaration which gave birth to ASEAN. After this event, Brunei and Vietnam were admitted to the bloc in 1984 and 1995, respectively. As soon as the country joins the regional playground, Vietnam, along with other member countries, to realise the dream of an ASEAN-10, consisting of all ten Southeast Asian countries with the admission of Laos and Myanmar (in 1997) and Cambodia (in 1999). Since then, ASEAN member countries, which show the diversification of political systems, cultures, languages and development levels, have been linked together by common goals and destiny. In 2007, ASEAN added a new milestone on the occasion of its 40th anniversary by signing the ASEAN Charter, creating a profound change in quality and bringing ASEAN from a purely regional cooperation organisation to a legal entity. Notably, on December 31, 2015, the ASEAN Community based on three pillars of Politics – Security, Economics, Culture and Society were officially formed, opening a new chapter in the history…... [read more]

In his opening remarks, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, said the workshop is significant theoretically and practically.  It is taking place at a time when Vietnam and Laos are marking the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and 40 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, he said. Vietnam is implementing the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and Laos is also materialising the Resolution of the 10th Party Congress, the official added. The two-day workshop offers an opportunity for Vietnamese and Lao scientists to exchange experience in socio-economic development, especially socialist-oriented sustainable development. Thuong reiterated the Vietnamese Party’s viewpoints on rapid, sustainable development, and introduced experience the country gained over the past years as well as orientations and tasks set for the time ahead in order to improve the efficiency of the Party leadership. Rapid, sustainable development is the cause pursued by the entire Party and population, he said, noting that all people have equal chances to develop, contribute to development and benefit from its outcomes. Thuong stressed the need to ensure rapid, sustainable development on the basis of ensuring the macro-economic stability and improving productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the economy. It is a must to closely combine economic development with cultural, social and environmental development, the readiness to cope…... [read more]

Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education (Photo: VNA) Kien Giang (VNA) – The fifth theoretical workshop between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), themed “Rapid, sustainable development,” opened in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on August 3. In his opening remarks, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, said the workshop is significant theoretically and practically.  It is taking place at a time when Vietnam and Laos are marking the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and 40 years of the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, he said. Vietnam is implementing the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and Laos is also materialising the Resolution of the 10th Party Congress, the official added. The two-day workshop offers an opportunity for Vietnamese and Lao scientists to exchange experience in socio-economic development, especially socialist-oriented sustainable development. [Vietnam values defence ties with Laos: Party chief] Thuong reiterated the Vietnamese Party’s viewpoints on rapid, sustainable development, and introduced experience the country gained over the past years as well as orientations and tasks set for the time ahead in order to improve the efficiency of the Party leadership. Rapid, sustainable development is the cause pursued by the entire Party…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The fifth theoretical workshop between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), themed “Rapid, sustainable development,” opened in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on August 3. In his opening remarks, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, stated that the workshop is significant in regards to theory and practicality. It is taking place at a time when Vietnam and Laos are marking the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and 40 years of the signing into effect the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, he stated. Vietnam is implementing the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and Laos is also materialising the Resolution of the 10th Party Congress, the official commented. The two-day workshop offers the opportunity for Vietnamese and Lao scientists to exchange experience in socio-economic development, especially in the area of socialist-oriented sustainable development. Thuong reiterated the Vietnamese Party’s viewpoints on rapid, sustainable development, and introduced experiences that the country gained over the past years as well as orientations and tasks set for the time ahead in order to improve the efficiency of the Party leadership. Rapid and sustainable development is the cause pursued by the entire Party and population, he stated, noting that all people have equal chances to develop and contribute as well as benefit from its outcomes. Thuong stressed the need to ensure rapid, sustainable development on…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The fifth theoretical workshop between the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP), themed “Rapid, sustainable development,” opened in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on August 3. In his opening remarks, Vo Van Thuong, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, stated that the workshop is significant in regards to theory and practicality. It is taking place at a time when Vietnam and Laos are marking the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and 40 years of the signing into effect the Vietnam-Laos Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, he stated. Vietnam is implementing the Resolution adopted at the 12th National Party Congress and Laos is also materialising the Resolution of the 10th Party Congress, the official commented. The two-day workshop offers the opportunity for Vietnamese and Lao scientists to exchange experience in socio-economic development, especially in the area of socialist-oriented sustainable development. Thuong reiterated the Vietnamese Party’s viewpoints on rapid, sustainable development, and introduced experiences that the country gained over the past years as well as orientations and tasks set for the time ahead in order to improve the efficiency of the Party leadership. Rapid and sustainable development is the cause pursued by the entire Party and population, he stated, noting that all people have equal chances to develop and contribute as well as benefit from its outcomes. Thuong stressed the need to ensure rapid, sustainable development on…... [read more]

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) receives Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee, Head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, and President of the Lao National Council for Social Sciences Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong has suggested Vietnam and Laos intensify cooperation to clear up urgent issues in renovation in each country, especially regarding the building of the Party and political system, socio-economic development and international integration. He made the remarks at a reception for Secretary of the Lao Party Central Committee, Head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Training, and President of the Lao National Council for Social Sciences Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune in Hanoi on August 1. The Lao guest is in Hanoi to attend the fifth theoretical workshop themed “Rapid, sustainable development”. The Party chief said Vietnam strongly supports the renewal process in Laos and believes that Lao people will obtain more significant achievements and implement successfully the Resolution adopted at the fifth national Party Congress. Vietnam will spare no effort to keep and nurture the special solidarity with Laos, he added. The theory work is extremely important to the two countries’ Parties, he said, adding that the fifth theoretical workshop creates a good chance for the two sides to share experience in the field. For his part, the Lao official expressed his pleasure at…... [read more]

In addition to these achievements, Vietnam is implementing a comprehensive integration process with almost all countries around the world. The past 20 years was a glorious period in which we have succeeded in elevating the image of Vietnam regionally and internationally. This fact testifies to the correct renewal process and open-door integration policy of the Party and State, which should be continued in the new period. The renewal process and the open-door policy are two strategic tasks aimed at realising the common goal of national development. They have a close relationship, promote each other and create a driving force for Vietnam to move forward. Renewal is process of casting and removing obstacles, re-organising society, emancipating forces, and effectively mobilising and utilising all resources to create internal strength. The open-door policy is a process of selecting and observing the quintessence of humankind, making anything possible, developing existing strengths and welcoming new sources from the outside. However, the larger the stature of the renewal process and the open-door policy is, the more complicated the issues we face. Renewal requires a high sense of consciousness and constant creativity. Without either elements, the process will come to a standstill or even lag behind. The open-door and integration process also needs will and perseverance because it is a long path on which both outlooks interact, rely on and support each other. With an objective and scientific political stance, the Communist Party of Vietnam has pointed out that on the path to development, we encounter numerous…... [read more]

In his report to the eighth session of the 11th National Assembly held between Oct. 18 and Nov. 30, 2005, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai mentioned six major issues, which required the attention of all sectors and levels in early 2006. The issues focus on further consolidating sustainable socio-economic development in the renewal process in order to help Vietnam shed its low-income developing country status. Early this year, the public paid attention to the strike held by tens of thousands of workers, mostly from foreign invested businesses in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong province, its development and resolution. Similar to the previous scattered strikes, participants in this strike also demanded an increase in payment and income. After three or four days of discussion, employers and employees could not reach an agreement, even after the intervention of local authorities and trade union organisations. However, on Jan. 6, the Government issued Decree No. 03/2006/ND-CP, defining the minimum wage for Vietnamese employees working in foreign invested businesses, foreign and international agencies and organisations, and foreign individuals in Vietnam. The decree was a legal document issued quickly and enforced by the highest level of authority. There remains many discussions about strikes, but the issuance of Government Decree No. 03/2006/ND-CP to redress a major relation between employers and employees confirmed the new working style of the Government and good signs for the New Year. In 2005, the Vietnamese National Assembly adopted 29 codes and laws. These legal documents have been and will be…... [read more]

Since the 7th National Party Congress in 1994, the Party has warned of four grave threats, which include corruption and wastefulness. To meet the urgent social requirements for combating corruption, the Anti-Corruption Ordinance was issued six years ago. However, corruption is still a common occurrence, particularly in the domains of budget management, capital construction investment, land use and management and taxation. Corruption involves not only individuals but also major rings with the participation of many State officials. The most typical corruption cases are the La Thi Kim Oanh case, the Trade Ministry’s quota allocation case, the land management case in Hai Phong and the Ministry of Transport’s Project Management Unit (PMU)18 case. Reality shows that corruption often relates directly senior officials, but no specific or drastic measures have been undertaken so far to combat corruption effectively. While all cadres from provinces to central agencies call for fighting corruption, who is the "fighter", who is the main culprit and who must be responsible for corrupt behavior in their sectors? As mentioned above, corruption often occurs among senior officials. If there is no strict anti-corruption mechanism, can such "enthusiastic" staff fight on their own? Cadres play a pivotal role in combating corruption. Corruption proceeds from individualism in each official. Thereby, it is imperative to promote officials with both professional capacity and revolutionary ethics. "Morality" is not a common criterion but the morality of an official should be based on public opinion and the trust of the masses placed in the official. At…... [read more]

Reality shows that many young talented people, who received regular training at universities and colleges fail to seek jobs or look for a job suitable to their education. Gifted intellectuals, master degree holders or overseas-trained people are sought by foreign-invested enterprises, joint-venture companies and private businesses. Only a few of them are recruited to work in State agencies. Meanwhile, most cadres at the central level, particularly those at the grassroots level are sourced from the masses and participate in local activities. Those who have not yet passed secondary education, can apply for supplementary education schools or correspondence courses to gain certain certificates. Afterwards they will be appointed to hold some positions in localities and even to become key officials at higher level agencies in districts and provinces. The different forms of training are not a big problem but the crux of the matter is that trainers have commercialised training activities to line their own pockets while trainees do not attach great importance to "learning" other than to obtain a diploma or certificate to buy title or power. Their certificates or diplomas are in reality "fake" and do not represent real knowledge. So where is their leadership capacity? There is a paradoxical result in that such people earn promotions thanks to their long terms of office or their schemes to solicit higher positions. Some even use every means to annul the efforts of talented people in a bid to monopolise and consolidate power. It is high time we devised sound policies…... [read more]




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