The Anti-Corruption Dialogue, after nine working sessions from August 2007 to May 2011, has become an important channel for participants to share experiences and map out orientations for the fight against corruption in Vietnam.

This assessment was made at a roundtable workshop that opened in Hanoi on Nov. 14 in preparation for the 10 th Anti-Corruption Dialogue.

At the seminar, Vietnamese Government agencies and development partners acknowledged the role and significance of the dialogue, considering it a forum for sharing useful information.

The anti-corruption dialogues have helped create institutional and policy changes for anti-corruption work in special areas, participants said, adding that Vietnam’s institutional and policy system has been consolidated comprehensively in line with international laws on prevention of corruption.

However, they pointed out that the biggest shortcoming of the Dialogue is a lack of a mechanism to monitor and supervise work following dialogues.

Other shortcomings are seen in the organisation of the Dialogue, including limited involvement of relevant ministries and agencies in making plans for dialogues and poorly planned communication strategies for the dialogues.

The participants put forward recommendations, including developing the Anti-Corruption Dialogue, a forum that can make a stronger and more practical impact on anti-corruption work.

They also mentioned the contents of a communication strategy during the Dialogue, the expansion and selections of participants of the event, building a mechanism reflecting social concern as well as improving development partners’ access to Dialogue outcomes.

The event, jointly organised by the Government Inspectorate, the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption and the UK Department of International Development, will last until November 15./.