HA NOI (VNS)— Improved institutions, policies and laws are vital to fight against corruption, said participants at a conference held yesterday to review the 10-year implementation of the Law on Corruption Prevention and Control.
They stressed the need to revise the current Law on Corruption Prevention and Control to cover both State and non-State sectors.
They also suggested promulgating, revising and supplementing regulations of normative legal documents relating to corruption prevention in the aim of increasing the transparency of State agencies' operations, clarifying the responsibility of officials and ensuring the protection of whistle-blowers.
The Ministry of Justice reported that it detected and handled 22 corruption cases in agencies and organisations under its management during the period.
The ministry focused on inspection and settlement of complaints and denouncements over the past decade, defining the detection of corruption as the most important stage in prevention.
Many participants agreed that the recovery of appropriated assets was important.
Nguyen Hong Dien, acting chief inspector of the ministry said the rate of recovery of appropriated assets remained low, partly due to unclear regulations.
He also said it was difficult to verify assets and sources of income in corruption cases.
To handle the challenges, participants urged clearer regulations and better co-ordination between investigative agencies, courts and verdict execution forces.
The Law on Corruption Prevention and Control was approved at the 8th sitting of the 11th National Assembly in November 2005. It comprises eight chapters and 92 articles. Revisions and supplements to the law were made in 2007 and 2012. — VNS