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Viet Nam seeks Singapore's help in corruption fight

Update: May, 12/2015 - 09:16
Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc talks with Singapore's Public Service Commission. — Photo VGP

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc yesterday held a series of talks with Singapore's ministries and sectors under the "Lee Kuan Yew's Friend" programme.

He also visited an exhibition hall featuring the life and career of Singapore's late Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

In talks with the ministries of Home Affairs and Law, Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and the Public Service Commission, the Deputy PM expressed pleasure in the sound and effective development of the strategic partnership between Singapore and Viet Nam.

He thanked Singapore for its continued support in training Vietnamese workers towards increasing their skills in areas that Singapore has advantages in.

Phuc affirmed Viet Nam's determination to eradicate corruption towards sustaining political stability and economic sustainability.

He expressed high praise for Singapore's success in developing and implementing laws and for developing an effective anti-corruption mechanism. He said this had ensured transparent and efficient performance of the local government apparatus. Phuc said he would like Singapore to share with Viet Nam its experiences in this field.

Representatives of Vietnamese and Singaporean ministries and sectors held intensive discussions on anti-corruption measures as well as formulation of laws and their enforcement to ensure social order and security.

They agreed to step up co-operation in law, justice and reform of administrative procedures and public services.

Singaporean officials said they would continue to share with Viet Nam their experiences in preventing, detecting and dealing with corruption. They would also help with human resource development, the officials said.

Phuc requested agencies responsible for administrative reform on both sides to establish close relations, and sign agreements to implement specific co-operation activities.

Later yesterday, he met with diplomats at the Vietnamese embassy in Singapore and asked them to take more active part in economic diplomacy, support enterprises from both sides to invest in either country, utilise Singapore's advantages and potentials in science, technique, and technology, and enhance cultural exchanges. — VNS

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