Viet Nam’s Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Fighting met for the first time in Ha Noi on Wednesday.
The committee is comprised of 10 members and headed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Deputy PM Truong Vinh Trong is the standing deputy chairman.
Addressing the session, President Nguyen Minh Triet said he believed the committee would make good progress in the battle against corruption
PM Dung introduced the committee’s tasks for the rest of 2006, the most important being the resolution of six major scandals.
They concern the road and bridge building agency Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18); fraud and property appropriation by Nguyen Lam Thai, which involved many post offices; the abuse of power and bribery of government inspectors in several PetroVietnam projects; fraud by ‘investor’ Nguyen Duc Chi in the Rusalka Resort project in Khanh Hoa Province; wrongdoings in land management in Do Son, Hai Phong City; wrongdoings at Vietnam Airlines; and the case of poor-quality electricity meters in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Government leader added the committee would urge senior officials of provinces and cities to resolve corruption cases within their jurisdiction.
As a routine part of their work, the committee members will visit cities, provinces and government agencies to investigate cases of corruption and see what’s being done about them.