The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) needs to take more comprehensive and drastic measures to prevent and fight corruption, said Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh.

The Government Inspector General, a member of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption, made the request at a meeting with MoIT leaders on July 23 to supervise anti-corruption efforts at eight units under the ministry.

The units are the Market Management Department, Department of Export and Import, the General Department of Energy, the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency, the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN), the Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation (Sabeco), the Vietnam National Tobacco Corporation (VINATABA) and the Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group (VINATEX).

Following the inspections, the working team concluded that drastic approaches have been devised within the ministry’s bodies and enterprises, particularly in measures to prevent and curb corruption.

The ministry’s officials and leaders of the bodies under the ministry are fully aware of the significance of fighting and preventing corruption.

The ministry has carried out administrative procedure reforms and worked to promote transparency in its operations, particularly budget estimates and payments, thus enhancing the sense of responsibility and morality among their workers.

The working team also pointed out weaknesses and shortcomings for the ministry to overcome, such as weak law enforcement and management at the ministry’s bodies.

They recommended the ministry continue with its good work while focusing on internal supervision and inspections and handling violations in a bid to strengthen anti-corruption efforts.

They also urged the ministry to continuously monitor its accounting, particularly in state-owned capital investment and divestment in non-core business.-VNA