Party pledges to battle corruption, enter private sector

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Vietnam needs to keep an eye on people who quickly rise to power and wealth, an anti-corruption official warned Friday.

The country has made great achievements in fighting corruption, but shortcomings still remain and corruption continues to be a complex national problem, Vu Tien Chien, Chief of Office of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, said at a session of the 11th National Party Congress on January 14.

During the past five years, the phenomenon of giving and taking bribes in exchange for promotion, power and acquittal has persisted, Chien said.

He was quoted by news website VnExpress as saying that people who get richer and get into higher positions the right way are respectable. But those who manage to do so by giving bribes need to be punished strictly.

Vietnam's Communist Party is expected to vote for the 200 members of its Central Committee next week.

Chien said that, this year, one of the most important criteria in selecting candidates will be their determination to combat corruption.

Admission of private business owners

On Saturday, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that a new policy  permitting private business owners into the Party on a trial basis is being proposed to the National Congress.

Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vu Tien Loc, told the newspaper that this is the right thing to do because many private business owners deserve to be admitted to the Communist Party.

The policy will help raise confidence in businesspeople, Loc said during a sideline interview.

Loc contends that the whole business community will be encouraged even if a small handful are allowed into the Party.

He added that further connecting the two segments of society will afford the party greater control over the private sector, which accounts for 60 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. 

A final verdict on the policy is expected to come down next week when the National Congress wraps up in Hanoi.

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