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Hanoi (VNA) – Party General Secretary Nguyen PhuTrong has urged higher resolve and more drastic actions to better prevent andfight corruption, wastefulness and negative phenomena.
He made the request at the 11th session of theCentral Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption in Hanoi on December 28.
While recognising the committee’s efforts, theParty chief, who is also head of the steering committee, pointed out that many shortcomingsremain, particularly the slow pace of the investigation, prosecution and trialof some serious corruption cases and the small amount of assets recovered from corruptioncases. State agencies failed to uncover corruption within their apparatus, and mostof those cases were brought to light by the media or the public.
TheParty General Secretary emphasised that while the central government has takenstrong actions against corruption, local governments have not done much.
He asked the committee to put more serious or delayed corruptioncases under its supervision and pay more heed to the fields of naturalresources, environment, taxation, customs, and the private and foreign investedsectors.
It must take measures to prevent corruptionsuspects from escaping and step up inspection and examination of theresponsibility of the heads of agencies when corruption occurs.
It is also necessary to increase information disseminationon corruption fight activities and the implementation of the Politburo’sDirective 05 on studying and following Ho Chi Minh’s ideology, morality andlifestyle, and the resolution of the 12th Party Central Committee’s fourthsession on Party reinforcement, he added.
Reviewing the committee’s performance in 2016,participants at the meeting said the investigation, prosecution and trying of seriouscorruption cases have been improved substantially.
Many big corruption cases have been handledstrictly and on schedule such as the cases involving Pham Cong Danh,ex-Chairman of the Vietnam Construction Bank, and Ha Van Tham, ex-Chairman ofthe Oceanbank Boards of Directors.
Among the cases monitored by the committee,eight cases with 121 defendants have been brought to the first-instance courtwhile six other cases with 55 defendants have been brought to the court ofappeal in 2016.
The examination, supervision and auditingactivities serving corruption fight have also been intensified, participantssaid.
Through inspections, the steering committee has put forwards11 groups of recommendations on changes in the leadership of Party and Partycommittees at all levels of anti-corruption work, personnel work,anti-corruption institutions, and State management in the tax and customs sectors.
As of present, all 63 Party committees of centrally-governedcities and provinces have issued their plan of actions to implement thePolitburo’s Directive 50 on strengthening the Party’s leadership ofanti-corruption work. They also took up supervision of the investigation andhandling of 436 corruption-related cases and crimes./.
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