Vietnam to get tough on bribery for job, promotion: officials

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam Communist Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong has instructed a crackdown on bribery for promotion. Photo: Truong Son Vietnam Communist Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong has instructed a crackdown on bribery for promotion. Photo: Truong Son

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Bribery for job and promotion has caused deep public frustration in Vietnam, ranking second only to corruption, according to a new survey conducted by the propaganda and education committee of the Communist Party. 
At a conference in Hanoi on Thursday, where findings of the survey were discussed, Party’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong instructed relevant agencies to inspect if there is bribery for promotion at governmental agencies in Vietnam. 
Trong said people have been talking about bribery for promotion, power, certificates, awards and the like, and this phenomenon is "quite common", even in the field of education and training.
“It’s painful to hear allegations that people have to pay this or that much for a certain position,” he said.
Trong said public concerns over bribery for promotion have to be solved by transparency, with better regulations and improved inspection.
To Huy Rua, chief of the Party’s propaganda committee, said his board will draft regulations on promoting government officials to stop people from giving and taking bribes.
He confirmed that, currently, the procedure of promotion and transfer of key government officials strictly follows relevant regulations that require the approvals of six agencies at different levels.
“It is impossible for someone to bribe all six agencies,” he said.
Rua said his agency is considering tightening the procedure by banning contact between people nominated for key positions and officials responsible for making the decision, during the time of consideration.
At the conference he also said the Politburo, the Party’s elite group, has selected 290 members of the Party’s Central Committee for the next tenure, including 22 members of the Politburo and Secretariat.

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