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More international cooperation needed to fight corruption

Updated: 09:38’ - 28/09/2012

Vietnam needs stronger international cooperation to prevent and combat corruption, said international experts and senior state officials at a workshop jointly held by the Government and the United Nations (UN) on September 7.

Nguyen Tuan Anh, deputy director of the Government Inspectorate’s Legal Department said Vietnam would further study international experts’ recommendations towards promoting global cooperation in anti-corruption, especially in 360 degree collaboration from investigation right through to prosecution.

Results of the first self-assessment of Vietnam’s implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), said to be the only global legally-binding instruction in the fight against corruption, were also revealed at the workshop.

The self-assessment provides a review of national anti-corruption systems, laws, policies and programs to implement Chapters 3 and 4 of the Convention, which deal with criminalization and law enforcement, as well as international cooperation.

According to Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, the country has adopted and fully implemented 77 per cent of the assessed chapters, is partially compliant with 16 per cent and non compliant with 7 per cent.

Mehta pointed out that non-compliance was particularly found in the areas of illicit enrichment, bribery in the private sector, translation of legislation concerning money laundering, liability of legal persons, extradition provisions and joint investigations.

The international expert group involved in the review of Vietnam’s UNCAC implementation also called for an overhaul of the Penal Code for corruption, with a focus on modifying the provisions for bribery, said Tuan Anh.

He suggested bribery provisions should be made for employees of international organizations, while measures to protect whistleblowers and witnesses should be made more specific.

Officials from the Government Inspectorate said these comments would be re-considered and applied in harmony with the circumstances of Vietnam.-


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