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Refining anti-corruption legislation in Viet Nam

Hanoi (Viet Nam), 23 October 2021 - In partnership with UNODC, the Government of Viet Nam has sought to respond to key corruption risks in the context of Covid-19 through a multi-pronged strategy, including the integration of asset forfeiture measures, trainings on investigation skills, and the coordination of judicial expertise. As Southeast Asian countries consider relaxing border restrictions, driven by vaccination campaigns and economic pressures, integrated transparency and anti-corruption measures will be required to shore up long-term economic and public health resilience.

As part of efforts to strengthen systematic integrity going forwards, Viet Nam is in the process of revising the Inspection Law that was approved by the National Assembly on 15 November 2010 and that has been in effect since 1 July 2011. Proposed amendments aim to clarify the role, powers and duties of inspection agencies, enable new levels of innovation and streamline inspection efforts.

To promote a cross-agency understanding of relevant considerations, and to garner technical inputs for a draft new inspection law, UNODC and the Government Inspectorate (GI) of Viet Nam held a Legislative Drafting Workshop on the Inspection Law on 22-23 October 2021. This two-day workshop brought together H.E. Mr. Tran Ngoc Liem, Deputy Inspector General of Government Inspectorate and 25 legal specialists, senior law enforcement, researchers and legislative experts, alongside UNODC and GI representatives.

The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange perspectives on the status of inspection activities in Viet Nam, practical difficulties encountered, and results achieved. The representatives of key ministries and government agencies discussed concrete inputs and recommendations for changes under the new draft law.

The information gathered during this workshop and two other upcoming consultations supported by UNODC will be collated by the legal drafting team before the draft law is submitted to the National Assembly for consideration in December 2021. This forms an important part of current Government Inspectorate initiatives to reform the national legal framework, to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of inspection activities and to promote the fight again corruption in Viet Nam.

This workshop was part of activities funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea. Footage (where available) and written summaries of UNODC events are publicly available via our website.

Other Useful Links:

  • The recent UNODC Webinar on Law Enforcement Integrity is publicly available for viewing in Bahasa, English, Thai and Vietnamese here
  • The footage of UNODC Anti-Corruption Webinars in Southeast Asia, where available, can be viewed on our social media page here
  • A summary of activities by the UNODC Anti-Corruption Team in Southeast Asia is available on our website here