Viet Nam will closely cooperate with Japan in the prosecution of four former officials of Pacific Consultants International, Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said. The prosecution was announced Monday.
A section of East-West highway, a project using ODA from Japan (Photo: Tuoi Tre)
“The consistent policy of the Party and the Vietnamese people is to fight corruption,” Mr. Dung said. “Every act of corruption, bribery or taking bribes is strictly punished according to the Vietnamese laws, without exception for anyone.”
The Vietnamese government and people highly appreciated the official development aid donated by many countries, including Japan, Mr. Dung said.
He stressed that the Vietnamese government has been using aid efficiently for socio-economic development and has taken necessary measures to prevent corruption or loss that may occur in the course of its use.
Regarding the above-mentioned prosecution, it was not until Aug. 21 that the Vietnamese government received a request from the Japanese for cooperation in the case, he said.
Viet Nam will closely cooperate with Japan in dealing with the case in accordance with the Vietnamese law, Mr. Dung said.
Viet Nam will take measures to ensure that the case does not have a negative impact on development aid or bilateral relations between the two countries, he added.