The country has a lot of work to do in its fight against corruption, requiring a high degree of patience and determination, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said at the third meeting of the Central Steering Committee for Anti-Corruption.

Presiding over the meeting on July 17 in Hanoi, the Party leader said in this complicated and long-term struggle, all relevant agencies must continue making all-out efforts and pay more attention to institutional building work while increasing their supervision of key areas and fields prone to corruption.

Party General Secretary Trong praised the committee’s efforts in the detection and punishment of corrupt acts as well as contributions made by the National Assembly, the Fatherland Front and the whole political system as well as the press to the fight.

However, he said, many flaws remained in preventing and combating corruption such as inconclusive attitudes of several branches and agencies, unfinished legal system, slow settlement of major cases, plus an array of limitations in awareness-raising work.

He urged the committee, in the second half of this year, to pay more attention to information dissemination work and prevention measures.

The committee must focus on handling a number of corruption cases that draw public concerns, the Party chief added.

The meeting mapped out eight core tasks for the remaining months such as popularising the revised law on anti-corruption and launching the teaching of anti-corruption contents in schools.

The committee will also participate in the process to revise corruption-related contents of the 1992 Constitution.

Seven working groups headed by the committee’s members will be established to inspect the performance of several branches and localities nationwide in anti-corruption work.

In the first half of this year, the inspection sector conducted 4,724 administrative inspections and over 89,000 intensive inspections in certain fields, focusing on land management, capital construction and budget management and spending.-VNA
The inspections discovered the inappropriate use of 12.2 trillion VND and 452 ha of land.
From January 1 to May 31 this year, 100 corruption cases were put on trial with 196 defendants, the People’s Supreme Procuracy reported.