PM requests report on appointment of Vinalines chairman

Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam has signed report to convey Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s request in which the PM ordered the Transport Ministry and the Interior Ministry make a detailed report on the process for selection and appointment of Duong Chi Dung as head of Vietnam Maritime Administration

The report was to be presented to the PM before May 31, even as the Government Inspectorate continues to investigate financial wrong doings at the Vietnam Maritime Administration.

At a recent press conference, Vu Duc Dam had claimed that Dung’s appointment was made in accordance with relevant regulations.

Dung was director-general of Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) in August 2005 and later became chairman of its management board.

In July 2011, when the corporation was re-structured into a one-member State Company, he was re-appointed chairman of the management board.

In early February 2012, he was appointed head of Vietnam Maritime Administration by Dinh La Thang, minister of Transport.

However, during the current National Assembly session, some legislators raised questions as to why Dung was appointed in the first place, even when the State inspection agency was examining the implementation of laws for managing and use of sources of capital and assets at Vinalines.

Vu Trong Kim, vice chairman of the Central Vietnam Fatherland Committee, said that Dung was assigned a new, higher post even when Vinalines under his management suffered a huge deficit and losses for two consecutive years.

Deputy Tran Du Lich from HCMC also questioned whether Dung’s appointment complied with the correct procedures and regulations. Agreeing with Lich was Le Van Hoc, vice chairman of NA Committee for Culture, Education, Youth and Children, who suggested that Dinh La Thang must explain his actions to all NA deputies.

Source SGGP, Translated by Dan

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