Russia and Vietnam Plan Anti-Corruption Cooperation

Russian-Vietnamese Anti-Corruption Consultations. Photo: Kremlin
Russian-Vietnamese Anti-Corruption Consultations. Photo: Kremlin

Chief of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Directorate Andrei Chobotov held talks with Deputy Inspector General of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam Tran Ngoc Liem, who arrived in Russia heading the Government Inspectorate delegation.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of establishing contacts between the two departments and signing the Memorandum of Understanding. During the meeting, the parties summarized some of the results of cooperation and outlined areas for closer interaction, including at international anti-corruption platforms within the UN, OECD, and APEC.

A constructive discussion was held on optimizing the range of declarants, improving measures to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest, and increasing the effectiveness of control over officials’ expenses.

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The parties also discussed innovations in the national legal regulation of anti-corruption efforts and the practice of implementing key international anti-corruption documents. Mutual interest was noted in deepening contacts on most issues on the anti-corruption agenda, including in specialized training of experts.

The talks held during the last week of August were supported by the Russian Foreign Ministry. As part of the visit to Russia, the Vietnamese delegation gained insights into organizing anti-corruption work on the ground and discussed prospects of establishing direct anti-corruption contacts at the regional level.

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