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UN to provide almost $1.5mn for anti-corruption project in Vietnam

A United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption project will be carried out for four years from now in Vietnam with a budget of over US$1.5 million, under a recent decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

A United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption project will be carried out for four years from now in Vietnam with a budget of over US$1.5 million, under a recent decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
A United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption project will be carried out for four years from now in Vietnam with a budget of over US$1.5 million, under a recent decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

Of the amount, $1.478 million will come from the Official Development Assistance from the UN Development Program, and the rest – $84,000 – will be the Vietnamese government’s corresponding capital, the decision that was issued on June 6 said.

The project is aimed at strengthening the government’s ability to enforce the UN Convention against Corruption and enhancing the role of non-state entities in preventing and fighting corruption.

It will also help improve legislation related to combating corruption, build a database of corruption control and prevention, and promote social organizations’ supervision over anti-graft activities.

This decision took effect on the date of issue.

At a teleconference in Hanoi early this year, Prime Minister Dung stressed that anti-corruption is one of the Government Inspectorate’s priorities this year.

The agency should speed up efforts in detecting corruption cases, focusing particularly on financial transactions in areas such as construction, land, state budget collection, and public procurement, the PM said.

He also called for closer inspection of the performance of ministers and chairpersons of People’s Committees nationwide, mainly in land management, capital construction investment, and the implementation of national target programs.