PM calls for intensifying corruption fight

The fight against corruption must be stepped up to not only help promote socioeconomic development but also increase people’s trust in the Party, helping strengthen it, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in Hanoi January 14. 

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung chairs a session of the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control in Hanoi January 14

Chairing the 12th session of the Central Steering Committee for Corruption Prevention and Control, he said 2010 is very important since it is the final year of the current five-year plan and the Party congress would be held.
The PM, who is also head of the committee, called for improving dissemination of information about the fight against corruption, implementing anti-corruption measures at all levels, and holding top officials accountable for all activities under their authority.
He said administrative reform should be hastened to reduce procedures by at least 30 percent so that there is greater transparency and a more open working and investment environment and less opportunity for corruption.
He called for reviewing corruption-prone functions like taxation, equitization, and land management to expeditiously deal with violations.
Those found guilty of corruption should be severely penalized, with no one allowed to slip through the net, he said, cautioning that nobody should be unjustly punished either.
He also urged the committee to speed up resolution of people’s complaints and denouncements and closely monitor the investigation and trial of major corruption cases.
Though the anti-corruption campaign has made some progress, corruption remains a serious and complicated issue and greatly concerns people, he said.

By Phan Thao – Translated by Hoang Yen

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