A seminar entitled “National Assembly’s role in corruption prevention and fight” was jointly held by the NA Standing Committee and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ha Long city, the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 9.

The event is part of the UNDP-funded project on enhancing legislative studies and information communication technology capacity for the Institute for Legislative Studies.

Participants discussed issues regarding corruption prevention and fight in Vietnam, the UN Convention against Corruption, international experiences and recommendations for Vietnam.

To raise the NA’s role in combating corruption, many delegates said the legislature needs to improve the quality of legal documents to prevent corruption opportunities.

Its decisions on finance, economics and budget must also be practical.

According to Transparency International’s 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index, Vietnam ranked 112 out of 182 countries and territories. Thus, comprehensive measures are needed.

Corruption has been rampant in such fields as land, finance-banking, capital construction, State property management and use and personnel organisation.

In response, the Vietnamese Party and State have paid due attention to fighting corruption but the outcomes remain modest.

According to Tran Quoc Luong, Government Deputy General Inspector, the corruption fight has not reached the set targets.

A s a result, it is necessary to uphold the supervision role of the NA, People’s Council, Fatherland Front, people and public opinion in the fight against corruption and wastefulness, said the delegates./.