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Auditors urged to help battle graft

Update: February, 06/2013 - 00:00

HA NOI (VNS)— The State Audit Office must play a more active role in the fight against corruption and be ready to crackdown on fraud, Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung declared at an online conference held yesterday to discuss the State Audit's responsibilities this year.

Hung said the office should be particularly active in proposing amendments and revisions to Government policies to contribute to more effective regulations.

He confirmed that the National Assembly and its Standing Committee would always support the development of the State Audit and help the office fulfill its responsibilities.

Hung said the past year saw many positive changes in the work of the State Audit in a range of areas, which contributed particularly in the fight against fraud, corruption and waste.

Regarding the State Audit Office's responsibilities this year, Hung said the office needed to focus on assessing the implementation of Government and National Assembly resolutions and keeping track of the nation's key targets.

According to the General State Auditor Dinh Tien Dung, as a result of 160 State Audit reports last year, the office proposed fines totaling nearly VND13.7 trillion (approximately US$660 million) for misuses of the Government's budget.

The office also proposed the revisions and removal of 74 outdated documents issued by Ministries, State agencies and local authorities.

This year, the State Audit plans to focus on supervising the implementation of the Economic restructuring plan, public investment projects, land management projects and the exploitation of natural resources. — VNS

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