Vietnam, Japan to boost corruption fight in ODA projects

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The underway Cat Linh-Ha Dong railway is part of the Hanoi's urban railway project using Japan's ODA fund. Photo: Ngoc Thang The underway Cat Linh-Ha Dong railway is part of the Hanoi's urban railway project using Japan's ODA fund. Photo: Ngoc Thang

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Vietnam and Japan will hold more discussions to prevent and fight corruption in projects using Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) funds, Japanese ambassador to Vietnam Fukada Hiroshi told the press in Hanoi Tuesday. 
The ambassador was answering questions about solutions that Vietnam and Japan have put forward to reduce corruption in ODA projects.
He said the two sides had exchanged opinions on inspection mechanisms to avoid the recurrence of cases like the one involving the Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC). 
The case emerged in March, when Japanese media reported that JTC officials told police they'd bribed Vietnam Railways officials to secure a contract for Hanoi's urban railway project. 
Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh told the press that Vietnamese authorities have investigated officials involved in the bribery scandal and will soon bring them to court. 
Vietnam and Japan are revising a series of projects using Japan’s ODA and have suspended some projects developed by the Vietnam Railways following the scandal, he said. 
Japan has not yet resumed ODA for the Hanoi urban railway project involved in the bribery case.

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