Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vietnam to learn from Philippines' anti-graft fight

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales of the Philippines that Vietnam hopes to learn from the anti-corruption experiences of countries across the world, including their regional neighbours, during a meeting in Hanoi yesterday.

Dung emphasised that the Party and State of Vietnam pay much attention to the prevention and combat of corruption, a constant struggle that requires drastic and long-term measures to increase the transparency of government procedures and uphold the punishment of offences.

As a neighbour of the Philippines and fellow Asean member, Vietnam attaches a great deal of importance to nurturing their relationship to achieve mutual benefits for both countries, the PM added.

Applauding the cooperation between the two partners, Dung declared his support for the quick and effective implementation of agreements reached during Morales's visit.

Morales earlier briefed Dung on the results of her talks with her Vietnamese counterpart, Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh. She described the newly-signed memorandum of understanding on collaboration in the area of transparent governance.

She added that her agency wants to further boost cooperation with the government Inspectorate of Vietnam so that the two parties can learn from each other in the fight against corruption.

Efficient management

The same day, Inspector General Tranh held extensive talks with the visiting Filipino guests.

He said he believed the delegation's visit to be a valuable opportunity for progress in the battle against corruption, and would subsequently lead to more efficient state management, increased accountability and greater transparency in the countries' inspection activities.

In reply, Ombudsperson Morales said corruption negatively impacts human beings and socio-economic development.

The newly signed memorandum of understanding is a chance for both inspection agencies in both nations to share their anti-corruption expertise. -Viet Nam News (March 12, 2013)

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