Da Nang City (Viet Nam), 24 June 2022 - The UNODC Threat Assessment finds that transnational organized crime groups in Southeast Asia often recruit experienced financial managers to launder the corrupt money. The complexity of such operations poses a challenge to many law enforcement agencies across the region. In Viet Nam as elsewhere, the First UNCAC Review Cycle finds that more capacity-building is needed to enhance the effectiveness of detection and investigation efforts. This has been reflected in statements by senior members of the Government of Viet Nam, with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong calling for capacity building to address complex corruption challenges.
To address this, UNODC held a workshop on the investigation and prosecution of corruption, from 22-24 June 2022 in Da Nang City, Viet Nam. The event consisted of 5 sessions, providing step by step knowledge on how to prepare investigation plans, analyse financial evidence, including charting and relational diagrams, chart evidence and revise investigation plans, question witnesses, and identify the themes of cases. The event brought together 43 senior investigators and inspectors from Northern, Central and Southern Viet Nam.
The workshop comes at an important junction in Viet Nam, which is due to introduce a new inspection law. UNODC has been working with the Government of Viet Nam to integrate best practices into legislation, through consultations on the inspection law, regulations on lobbying, the penal code, and non-conviction based asset forfeiture measures
.A post-training evaluation indicated that 100% of attendees stated that they were likely to use the skills covered at the workshop over the next 6 months. Mr. Dao Van Thanh, Deputy General Inspector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) said: “The training provided us with very useful, very important new knowledge and skills, and this will help us to perform well our duties, to meet the requirement of the Anti-Corruption work in the coming time”.
This training was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC events are publicly available via our website.
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