Corruption still plagues Vietnam: conference

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Corruption is still rampant in various fields in Vietnam, and remains a big challenge to the government and Party, delegates at a conference organized in Hanoi last Thursday by the government inspectorate agreed.

Britain's ambassador to Vietnam, Anthony Stokes, said Vietnam has taken major steps this year like amending the Law on Corruption Prevention, but corruption is still pervasive.

Better coordination is needed to enforce anti-corruption measures, he said, adding that local governments also need to get tougher to fight graft, especially in the public sector.

His statements were echoed by a report from the Central Steering Committee on Corruption Prevention, which pointed out that anti-corruption work in cities and provinces has been unable to achieve the target of stopping and gradually eradicating corruption.

It blamed this on the failure to punish leaders who let corruption occur in their agencies, poor oversight by related agencies, and slow amendments to policies and regulations leading to lack of transparency in areas like land use and mining.

This year government agencies have detected 49 corruption cases involving 67 people and 132.7 billion (US$6.29 million), the report said.

Police uncovered 222 other cases involving 469 people, compared to 142 and 245 in the same period last year, it said, adding that the discovery helped the government recover VND410 billion ($19.46 million).

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at the conference that fighting corruption has become a global challenge that demands cooperation by all countries.

The conference was organized by the Inspectorate, the steering committee, the British embassy, and the UK Development for International Development in Vietnam.

Vietnam ranked 123rd out of 176 in the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index released by Transparency International last week.

With a score of 31, it is categorized as highly corrupt. Thailand ranked 88.

The index is based on how corrupt a country's public sector is perceived to be, and is set on a scale of 0 to 100, where a lower score indicates greater corruption.

Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand topped the list with 90 each. They were followed by Sweden and Singapore. 

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