|Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers speech at a conference on Thursday to review 10 years of implementation of the Anti-Corruption Law in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM City (VNS) — HCM City's many achievements in the fight against corruption in the last 10 years have contributed much to strengthening the country's legal framework for the difficult task, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has said.
Speaking at a conference on Thursday to review 10 years of implementation of the Anti-Corruption Law in HCM City, he said, "HCM City has recently found effective solutions, mechanisms and policies and spent resources to prevent and fight corruption.
"The experience and contributions of HCM City have assisted the Government in improving the efficacy of the legal framework."
Fighting corruption has been one of HCM City's most important socio-economic development tasks.
Many measures like education for Party members and Government employees have been adopted, anti-corruption agencies have been strengthened, and severe penalties have been handed out for graft.
The People's Council has tightened oversight of public assets and the city budget.
"However, corruption remains a most ubiquitous problem," he said.
He said the lack of co-ordination between various agencies was an impediment to strengthening the fight against corruption.
Like other localities, the city too lacked the ability to discover corruption and this needed to be improved, he said.
The fight against bribery based on whistle-blowing was limited, and government offices were inefficient at administration and managing their staff, some of whom still harassed the public, he said.
The city's leaders should be more active, creative and determined in coming up with measures to check corruption, which would boost socio-economic development, he said.
He said other localities should study HCM City's experience in fighting graft.
Nguyen Thanh Phong, chairman of the city People's Committee, said, "HCM City has identified the fight against corruption as the most serious and urgent mission, and it has great implications for the nation's development and defence."
For many years the city Party committee, political system and public had been determined to fight corruption and had achieved some early results, he said.
"Corruption is becoming more and more sophisticated and there is even money transferred abroad. We see a situation of high-ranking officials in the same offices or organisations joining hands to benefit a small coterie.
"The city Party Committee will strengthen the fight against graft, strengthen oversight and improve co-ordination between various agencies."
In the process of creating guidelines and rules against corruption, the Party Committee and People's Committee would try to define new kinds of bribery and seek solutions for them.
Management of land and construction, natural resources and mines, public investment, use of public funds, and management of government workers are considered the most affected by graft, which plagues even anti-corruption agencies.
Since 2006, the city police have investigated 152 cases of bribery and arrested 463 people. The amount of money involved in them was VND600 billion (US$26.7 million) and $136,000. Around VND40 billion ($1.8 million) was recovered. — VNS