Deputy PM asks OECD to share experience in fighting corruption

Update: December, 07/2019 - 07:29
Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình (right) meets with Jeffrey Schlagenhauf, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Friday in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Doãn Tấn

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hoà Bình hosted a reception for Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Jeffrey Schlagenhauf in Hà Nội yesterday.

Bình welcomed the selection of Việt Nam as the host of the 10th Regional Conference on Preventing and Combating Corruption in Infrastructure Projects in Asia Pacific by the OECD in co-ordination with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia Pacific.

He thanked the OECD for helping Việt Nam review development polices, including investment policies in 2017 and 2018.

In February this year, the two sides started building Việt Nam’s Multi-dimensional Country Review (MDCR), which will help create the country’s socio-economic development strategy in 2021-2030 and the socio-economic development plan in 2021-2025, Bình said.

Regarding anti-corruption, the Deputy PM asked the OECD to continue working with the Government Inspectorate to build suitable support programmes, focusing on improving institutions and policies, and enhancing law enforcement capacity, especially in fighting corruption and bribery in business activities, along with building a database on assets and incomes of public office holders.

Schlagenhauf praised Việt Nam’s strong commitments to integrity and anti-corruption policies, and the country’s remarkable outcomes in the work.

These are good tools to help improve the country’s capacity and promote its development, he stressed.

Schlagenhauf also valued Việt Nam’s strong commitment to the OECD’s guidelines and recommendations, along with the country’s achievements in the anti-corruption fight.

He vowed to support Việt Nam during its chairmanship of ASEAN.

The OECD is working with its other member governments to discuss strengthening the relationship between the organisation and Việt Nam, he noted.

Schlagenhauf  hoped Việt Nam would promote its role as a consultant in developing OECD's Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia; and publicise the MDCR for Việt Nam as soon as possible.

Việt Nam joined the OECD in 2008. — VNS