HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme (VACI) has generated positive results after six years of implementation, according to attendees of a conference in Ha Noi yesterday.
The Government Inspectorate of Viet Nam (GIV) and the World Bank organised the conference to evaluate the impact of the programme in the fight against corruption in Viet Nam.
According to a report from the GIV, many projects within the programme have successfully achieved their goals in the past six years. Some even expanded their scope to match the realities of each locality.
According to Deputy Inspector General Le Thi Thuy, the programme was the result of long-term co-operation between the GIV, World Bank, the UK Department for International Development and other partners.
Beginning in 2009, The GIV and World Bank organised Viet Nam Innovation Day, which had a theme of Raising responsibility and transparency, reducing corruption in 2009. Additional programmes were held in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank's Country Director in Viet Nam, said corruption posed major risks to Viet Nam's achievements, making fighting corruption the joint task of all people - not just the Government.
The programme helped raise the community's awareness about anti-corruption efforts and encouraged the participation of residents and enterprises, especially the youth, she said.
Phi Ngoc Tuyen, Deputy Director of the Anti-corruption Bureau, which is an affiliate of the GIV, said the scope of the programme had yet to meet society's expectations, but the VACI programme was considered a new approach in the battle against corruption.
Nguyen Van Thang, VACI Advisor, said the programme proved that it would be possible to engage the community creatively, which would contribute to successes in the fight against corruption. — VNS