Vietnam steps up the fight against corruption



After 70,000 inspections in the first eight months of this year, the Government Inspector of all levels have found illegal acts involving more than VN$4,585 billion (US$218 million ) and 1,972 ha of land.


Those figures were released when Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is also Party Politburo member   attended a conference with Government Inspectors on Sept. 20. Chief Government Inspectors Huynh Phong Tranh said that the Inspector had taken back nearly VN$1,476 billion (US$72 million) of the amount stolen and more than 1,937 ha of land.


Government inspectors dealt with 78 complaints and denouncements while relevant agencies throughout the nation dealt with more than 31,000.


Mr. Nguyen Xuan Phuc also urged inspectors to take the lead in fighting corruption and dealing with people's complaints and the information they supplied about corrupt officials.


The Deputy PM said inspectors should focus on implementing the amended inspection law and increase the role of inspectors in preventing and fighting corruption in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption.


He advised against any overlapping between relevant ministries and agencies and, in particular, search for corruption involving land and mineral resources.


Inspectors should also work with agencies to make sure units and individuals subject to criticism abide by the conclusions of the Inspectorate.

By L.Nguyen - Translated by MT

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