Traffic police, land administration, construction and customs are the biggest violators according to citizens, enterprises and public officials In response to a recent report ranking traffic police as the most corrupt institution in Vietnam, Dung - a retired traffic police in Ho Chi Minh City - said people should think first about their own willingness to abide by the Traffic Law. "Many people do not care about breaching the law because they think they can avoid strict punishment by giving the traffic police some 'money for a drink,'" he told Vietweek. "Others have relations with influential people that can help them go scot-free by just calling the police officer that pulls them over." Dung said some young traffic police may become corrupt because they are undisciplined and their salaries are too low, between VND3million-VND5 million (US$144-$240) a month. According to the report, Corruption from the Perspectives of Citizens, Enterprises and Public Officials, released by the … [Read more...] about Survey pinpoints Vietnam’s most corrupt sectors
Attitude survey questions
(CPV) - Continued pessimism with growth prospects in 2011, both foreign and domestic respondents are far more negative about their prospects than in previous years. Each year, the PCI asks all respondents to record their business plans for the next two years. Over the years, the optimism of firms, measured by the share of firms wishing to expand their business, has so clearly tracked their actual investment behavior that the question was dubbed the "Thermometer of Business Sentiment" by the PCI research team. The Thermometer offers a simple and straightforward way to measure business prospects in the near future. Optimism of respondents has dipped considerably in recent years, declining from a high of 76 percent expanders in the year before World Trade Organisation (WTO) entry to a historic low of 47.4 percent in 2011. The deepest declines in firm optimism were experienced by the smallest of operations, the sole proprietorships, who have felt the hardest pinch of rising input costs and … [Read more...] about Key findings from the survey of domestic investors and the 2011 provincial competitiveness index
In just two weeks, six women died after going into labor across Vietnam. Four of the babies died as well. Families have accused doctors of negligence, incompetence and worse, while hospitals have claimed the women suffered unexpected complications during their deliveries. The cases are being investigated. It is understandable that the public is concerned, especially about the competence of doctors. They also wonder if there are more cases than those that have been reported? It is a pity that the Vietnamese health sector is yet to conduct any survey on this issue. The "latest" statistics have come from the United Nations Population Fund in 2007. According to the unofficial report, every day, seven women die due to pregnancy-related complications in Vietnam, and that the number could be higher because many cases might not be reported. In fact, whenever deadly complications happen, the most common response at obstetrics hospitals, including major ones in cities, is try to hide … [Read more...] about Maternity deaths and unanswered questions
VietNamNet Bridge – During the international conference on maritime security in the East Sea in Washington, USA on June 20-21, international scholars considered the possibility for clashes and an arms race in this region when related parties seem to have tougher attitude. International scholars discuss maritime security in the East Sea VN condemns Chinese intrusion Chinese scholars said that the US, Vietnam and the Philippines caused tension in the East Sea. Prof. Su Hao from the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing said that there were some reasons so many incidents occurred in the East Sea in a short period of time. China and Vietnam cooperated well in the past. Vietnam might have some actions and China responded to these actions (China’s efforts to blame on Vietnam for recent tensions in the East Sea are not new).Another scholar from China said that the US backed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Vietnam, so Vietnam has had tough attitude … [Read more...] about East Sea: Minor moves may become a big deal?
VietNamNet Bridge – The following analysis by Dr. Le Hong Nhat, from the HCM City National University, is a profound angle of the nature of the East Sea disputes, China’s plot and recommendations of policies for Vietnam. The articles show the author’s personal viewpoint. The East Sea: Seizing opportunity, getting out of danger China’s game in the East Sea Multilateral cooperation among small countries against the bully of big countries in the region is natural but difficult to implement. For example, China harassed ships of the Philippines near the Reed Bank but it does not directly affect the interests of Vietnam, which wants to maintain friendship and good neighborhood with China. On the contrary, China cutting the cables of Vietnamese seismic survey ships does not directly touch the interests of the Philippines, which still has commercial and diplomatic interests with China.For that reason, at the ASEAN security forum in Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore … [Read more...] about The dilemma of Vietnam, Philippines and new opportunities