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Party chief urges stronger fight against corruption
The Saigon Times Daily
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Party chief urges stronger fight against corruption

The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – Vietnam’s Party chief has called for the building of mechanisms for socio-economic management and corruption prevention to make positive changes in anti-corruption efforts, and remove corrupt officials from office, firstly at anti-corruption agencies.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, who is also head of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, made the point at the steering committee’s 13th meeting in Hanoi on January 22.

As reported by the Vietnam News Agency, the committee reviewed its 2017 performance, with a focus on clarifying lingering problems and identifying key tasks for this year.

According to Trong, corrupt acts that spell trouble for individuals and enterprises must be prevented.

Trong also wants to speed up investigations of and prosecution against serious graft cases, particularly those under the supervision of the committee. Besides, inspection and auditing activities in problem areas must be strengthened, he said.

The Party chief told the meeting that given what was achieved last year, the fight against corruption needs to be stepped up with a stronger determination to build trust and secure support from the public.

Talking about anti-corruption efforts last year, Phan Dinh Trac, head of the Internal Affairs Commission and deputy head of the anti-corruption committee, said that last year’s tasks were implemented seriously last year and positive changes were made. There was no stone left unturned in the flight against corruption, he added.

Besides, public trust in the anti-corruption drive has increased, according to Trac.

The committee has continued efforts to increase operation efficiency and carry out tasks in a systematic, serious and responsible manner. It sticks with its functions and duties, and directs and helps authorities complete their assignments.

Many legal documents concerning supervision, decentralization, personnel assignment, among others, have been released to deter corrupt acts and handle violations.

Supervision and investigation activities have been promoted, detecting many irregularities and proposing taking back trillions of Vietnam dong. The committee has organized eight teams to oversee the handling of complicated economic, corrupt cases that draw public attention in 20 localities.

There has been close and effective coordination among agencies like inspection, supervision, auditing and prosecution in detecting and dealing with irregularities.

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