Ho Chi Minh City and Hoa Binh (Viet Nam), 31 March 2023 - Vietnamese legislators adopted the (revised) Law on Inspection during the ongoing fourth session of the 15th National Assembly in Hanoi on 14 November, 2022. The new Law comprises eight chapters with 118 articles and will take effect on 1 July, 2023.
The Law clearly defines the purpose, position, role, function, duties, powers and responsibilities of State Inspection Agencies and inspectors, codifies standards for inspectors and abolishes the title of People’s Inspector, stipulates coordination in inspection, state audit, and investigation activities to minimize overlaps, and emphasizes the importance of application of information technology and digital technology in inspection activities.
In furthering the application of the new Inspection Law, UNODC, in cooperation with the General Inspectorate (GI) of Viet Nam, organized two consultation workshops on the draft Decrees guiding the application of the revised Law, one for Southern provinces in Ho Chi Minh City on 24 March and another for Northern provinces and central level agencies in Hoa Bình on 31 March, 2023.
The workshop in Ho Chi Minh City gathered 57 participants, while the workshop in Hoa Bình gathered 80 participants, including academics, law enforcement officers, law makers, legal experts, legal drafting team members, researchers, government officials in Viet Nam, and UNODC subject matter experts. High-level attendees included the Deputy Inspector General of Viet Nam, the Vice President of Ho Chi Min City People’s Committee, and leaders and senior inspectors from Viet Nam’s Southern provinces.
During this event, the participants discussed key components of two draft decrees guiding the implementation of the (revised) Law on Inspection, specifically: i) The organization and structure of inspection agencies and inspection activities, and ii) Sectoral inspection activities.
UNODC will continue to support the finalization of the decrees before they are approved by the Government of Viet Nam. This initiative was part of activities funded by the Ministry of Justice of Government of the Republic of Korea.
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