|Viet Nam and Singapore reached agreement on continuing joint anti-corruption efforts through training courses, seminars and high-level exchanges. — Photo vietnamplus
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam wants to work more closely with Singapore on strengthening its fight against corruption, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said yesterday.
He was speaking at a reception held in Ha Noi, he told visiting Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau of Singapore, Wong Hong Kuan.
Phuc told Wong that the Party and State of Viet Nam accorded top priority to inspections as well as the settling of complaints and petitions in order to develop a professional, modern and efficient public administration characterised by openness, transparency, accountability and strong work ethics.
He praised Singapore's anti-corruption record, noting that it had been on the 10 least corrupt countries list since 2011.
Phuc suggested that the Singapore bureau share its experiences with the Vietnamese government inspectorate, especially in reclamation of assets in bribery cases, and in fine-tuning regulations.
He said that the Vietnamese government would do its best to facilitate anti-corruption co-operation with Singapore.
Wong briefed the Deputy PM on the outcomes of his working sessions with the Vietnamese Government Inspectorate.
He said both sides had held exchange visits and Singapore had provided technical assistance and said both sides had so far conducted visit exchanges and provided technical assistance in accordance with signed agreements.
Earlier yesterday, Wong met with Vietnamese Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh. The two officials reached agreement on continuing joint anti-corruption efforts through training courses, seminars and high-level exchanges.
Tranh briefed his guest on Viet Nam's anti-corruption achievements, including the approval of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, the promulgation of a national anti-corruption strategy (until 2020) and the need to amend a raft of relevant legal documents.
Public awareness campaigns have been carried out continuously and State agencies were working in a more open and transparent fashion, he said. — VNS