Vietnam, UK hold dialogue on anti-corruption in Hanoi

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The 11th Vietnam-UK dialogue on prevention and fight against corruption was held in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Thursday under the theme "Anti-corruption in localities: Reality and Solutions".

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stressed that corruption becomes a global challenge regardless of geographic locations, political system or level of development.

Anti-corruption is a long-lasting fight that requires coordination from all nations worldwide, said Phuc, adding that the Vietnamese government and local authorities have pledged to carry out anti-corruption through strong and timely actions.

British Ambassador to Vietnam Antony Stokes made assessments on Vietnam's anti-corruption work, noting that the country has made three major developments in this field in 2012. They included a revision of the Law on Anti-corruption; reports on anti-corruption with in-depth analysis and research made public; and commitment made by local authorities to anti-corruption.

However, authorities at local levels should have stronger actions against corruption, especially in the public affairs, said the ambassador.

According to the Vietnam National Steering Committee for Prevention and Fight against Corruption, remarkable results were made in the fight against corruption in various localities over the five years from 2007 to 2012.

However, participants to the dialogue shared a view that corruption is taking place under various forms and at various sectors that is causing great concern to the public and becomes a challenge to the government.

To prevent and curb corruption with more efficient results, the capacity of inspecting, investigating, auditing and judging corruption cases should be enhanced, along with improvement in related laws and legal regulations, among others, according to delegates at the dialogues.

Anti-corruption at the local level in Vietnam was first put under discussion during such kind of dialogues between Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

The dialogue is co-chaired by the Vietnamese Government's Inspectorate and the Vietnam National Steering Committee for Prevention and Fight against Corruption, the British Embassy in Vietnam and the United Kingdom Department for International Development. Endi

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