return icon

Experts gather in Hanoi to discuss anti-corruption

The enormous demand for infrastructure investment across Asia-Pacific had led to greater risks of corruption, Deputy Inspector General Tran Ngoc Liem said yesterday.


Deputy Inspector General Tran Ngoc Liem speaks at the 10th regional conference on preventing and combatting corruption in infrastructure projects in Asia-Pacific that took place in Hanoi yesterday. — Photo



He made the remarks in the opening speech of the 10th regional conference on preventing and combatting corruption in infrastructure projects in Asia-Pacific that took place in Hanoi. The four-day conference has been jointly organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam.

Liem said that building and developing infrastructure was deemed the backbone of economic growth, laying the foundations for the Government to provide basic public services for the people.

“Investment demand for infrastructure in many countries in Asia-Pacific through large-scale projects has shot up dramatically in recent years, but it also brings with it greater risks of corruption,” he said.

“It is a big challenge that many Asia-Pacific countries and nations around the world are dealing with.”

Diana Torres, Project Manager, Transparency and Accountability at UNDP in Asia and the Pacific, said that estimations from the Global Infrastructure Hub (GIH) expected as much as US$97 trillion was required for global infrastructure investment by 2040, but there was a shortfall of about $18 trillion.

The thirst for infrastructure funding would even be exacerbated as up to 30 per cent of the resources for infrastructure was going to be lost through mismanagement, inefficiency and on corruption, said Torres.

“Poor governance, lack of transparency and corruption can undermine any efforts (for quality infrastructure development) due to weak human resources, increased operational costs and the selection of unqualified contractors,” she said.

VCCI Chairman Vu Tien Loc said the conference would offer the country ideas to prevent and combat corruption, especially in the relationship between the Government and the business community.

“Integrity is the heart of the business community. Integrity means doing business in a fair and square manner, or in other words, abiding by general principles,” Loc told the conference.

He also said the business community had to be fully aware of the role of integrity while working with the Government in order to eliminate the so-called culture of greasing the wheels. - VNS

Effective tools to control asset declaration needed to fight corruption

Effective tools to control asset declaration needed to fight corruption

Lawmakers at a National Assembly (NA) session in Hanoi on Tuesday called for more effective measures to scrutinize asset declarations by public officials in an effort to tackle corruption.  

Anti-corruption efforts make progress

Anti-corruption efforts make progress

Vietnam is winning the war on corruption – albeit gradually. Government Inspector General Le Minh Khai addressed the ongoing 37th session of the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on Thursday.


Outstanding policies take effect in Vietnam from February 2023

A string of policies on transferring money from Viet Nam to other countries, a 50-percent fee reduction when registering for permanent residence

Spiritual milestones affirm Vietnam’s sovereignty in the sea

Nine pagodas formed from shrines or small Buddha statues erected a long time ago in the Truong Sa archipelago by Vietnamese fishermen are not only places of religious and belief activities but also the country’s sovereignty milestones on the sea.

Vietnam to attend ASEAN Tourism Forum 2023 in Indonesia

Vietnam will participate in ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2023 themed “ASEAN: A Journey to Wonderful Destinations”, and the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) trade fair in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from February 2 – 5.

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City among safest cities in Southeast Asia

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have both been included in a list of the safest cities in Southeast Asia, as compiled by statistics site Numbeo.

Action plan issued to accelerate national anti-corruption strategy building

Deputy Prime Minister Le Minh Khai, head of the steering committee on building the national anti-corruption strategy by 2030, has signed a decision on the issuance of the committee’s action plan.


Latest guidance on one-way money transfers from Viet Nam

HCM City proposes removing hindrances to develop real estate market

Ho Chi Minh City authorities made a proposal to clear bottlenecks for healthy and sustainable development of the real estate market.

More high-value foreign investment projects needed as tax policies change

Vietnam needs to improve FDI quality, attracting high-tech projects that promise to bring higher added value.

Khmer's ginger cake of love and faithfulness

The ginger cake of the Khmer ethnic group in Soc Trang Province is a beloved traditional treat that is often offered to ancestors on important anniversaries such as the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

HCM City promotes digital transformation in education

Digital transformation is considered key to improving education and training quality, as proven by the effect of HCM City actively applying digital transformation over the past five years.

Hanoi to close fruit shops lacking proper food safety preparations

The capital city of Hanoi encourages the expansion of safe fruit businesses while clamping down on fruit shops that do not comply with food safety protocols, specifically street vendors.

Dutch diplomat donates Vietnamese paintings to national museum

Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum has received two paintings from former deputy ambassador Ellen Berends of the Netherlands to Vietnam.

Hanoi's unique rice cooking contest in photos

On the 8th day of the first lunar month each year (January 29, 2023), Thi Cam village in Hanoi’s Nam Tu Liem district holds a rice cooking contest.

Hanoi proceeds with park revitalization program

The implementation of Hanoi leaders’ promise to revive parks has begun: admission to Thong Nhat Park is now free after the removal of the fence, and Con Coc Flower Garden has a new look. However, there are still many things that need to be done.

Vietnamese farmers on board the ‘digital agriculture train’

In the digital era, next-generation farmers can fertilize and water their fields in Binh Phuoc from afar, even in a different country.