HA NOI (VNS)— The Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme 2013 was launched yesterday in a bid to find innovative ideas to counter graft, which its organisers said remained a grave problem.
This year's programme, co-organised by the Government Inspectorate and the World Bank in Viet Nam, is themed More Transparency, Integrity, and Accountability, Less Corruption.
A total budget of VND6 billion (US$288,000) will be used to fund at least 20 anti-corruption schemes.
Selected initiatives will need to be innovative, efficient, practical, sustainable and applicable.
The programme is open to all legal organisations nationwide, except those related to the Government Inspectorate, the World Bank, and the military and security sectors.
Entries should be submitted to the programme's organiser, based in the Government Inspectorate headquarters in Ha Noi, by 5pm, March 18. Detailed requirements and entry templates can be found on the organisers' website.
Under the framework of the programme, a forum to share knowledge and legal policies as well as experience in fighting corruption will be held next June.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Deputy Chief Inspector Tran Duc Luong said that the Party and Government of Viet Nam considered anti-corruption efforts as a key task for all levels of society.
This year's programme is the second in a series of the Viet Nam Anti-Corruption Initiative Programme. The first one was organised in 2011 and received 160 entries, 34 of which received funding. — VNS