Vietnam’s president backs new system to fight corruption

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang has said placing the anti-corruption committee under the Party as has been decided is the best way to end corruption in the country.

At a recent meeting the Party decided to restructure the system by placing the Central Guidance Board for Anti-corruption under the Party general secretary. Hitherto, it was under the Prime Minister.

“The previous board made several gains in preventing waste and corruption, but not to the extent expected by the people,” Sang told Tuoi Tre newspaper in an interview.

Considering Vietnam’s political system, having Party members in the board and the Party chief as the board’s leader was the best possible move.

“I believe there will be positive developments.

“We have no other choice but succeed this time, even if we have to resort to painful methods.”

A typical sign of corruption in Vietnam was government officials having “abnormal” assets and incomes.

But verifying them was a “huge” task, and the job would only become easier if Vietnam’s payment system switched from cash to credit cards.

“When cash is popular, there are risks of illegal incomes, of money laundering through real estate, stock, and banking channels.”

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New report confirms corruption as entrenched as ever, Thanh Nien, Apr 13, 2012
Sixty-three percent of respondents to the survey by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) said sending gifts, money to express gratitude to government officials is a common custom. 48 percent of companies interviewed were willing to pay bribes – often in the form of cash, luxury vacations, or lavish dinners – in a bid to win contracts to provide items or services to the public sector, the study said.

Some 70 percent of respondents agreed with the statement: “In case of working with government offices, give money first and everything will be easy.”

And a staggering 90 percent agreed that “it is impossible to eliminate corruption in a relation-based business culture.”

But none of this is very different from the findings of other reports issued years ago.