International Tool to Fight Corruption

Anti – corruption discussions in Vietnam have gradually been moving from what is corruption to how to fight it. In response to growing interest in Transparency International (TI) from Government agencies and the anti-corruption community, Towards Transparency is engaged in introducing anti-corruption initiatives to Vietnamese audiences and using the multi-faceted experience of the international TI network as an example of how to fight corruption.

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Public procurement and construction

Focusing specifically on the threat of corruption in the construction sector, the experiences of TI China were presented at a workshop hosted by the Government Inspectorate (GI) to illustrate the way TI can work with Government ministries in using Integrity Pacts to prevent corruption in the construction sector. This workshop was organised in the framework of the 5th Anti-Corruption Dialogue in May 2009. As a follow-up to this, in December 2009 Towards Transparency organised a visit from a specialist on improving transparency in public procurement at the TI Secretariat to make presentations to the Office of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (OSCAC) of Vietnam, the Ministry of Planning and Investment and donor representatives.

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Measuring corruption and anti-corruption efforts

On 23 June 2010, the Office of the Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption (OSCAC) invited Transparency International as a keynote speaker to give a presentation on TI’s tools and experiences in an international workshop.

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Anti-corruption education

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On 22-23 March 2011, Towards Transparency organised a workshop in collaboration with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ho Chi Minh National Political and Administrative Academy on “Anti-Corruption Education: Initiatives and Experiences from International and Vietnam.” The workshop was attended by over 50 staff members from the Ho Chi Minh Academy. As one of the country’s leading research and teaching institutions, almost all public or political officials undergo training at the Academy. As part of the workshop, Professor Ouchi and Radim Bures from TI chapters in Japan and the Czech Republic shared their experiences with training civil servants in the fight against corruption in their own countries.

In the framework of the Anti-Corruption Dialogue, Towards Transparency has also introduced experiences and expertise from the TI movement in different sectors such as health (6th ACD in November 2009) and education (7th ACD in May 2010), as well as construction.

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