The establishment of anti-corruption agencies is a long-term and fundamental strategy in the global fight to control corruption, including in Vietnam.

To ensure the independence and close coordination of anti-corruption agencies, as well as their responsibility and authority appropriately, a comprehensive and stable legal framework needs to be established.

The Vietnamese Party and State considers anti-corruption efforts an urgent and long-term objective, which must be pursued persistently and effectively, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Internal Affairs Nguyen Doan Khanh remarked during a conference in Hanoi on August 28.

In the foreseeable future, Vietnam should continue the efforts of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, while thoroughly studying international accomplishments, such as measures adopted by Singapore and the Philippines.

The country also needs to amend its legal documents, detailing the functions and responsibilities of relevant agencies, experts said.

In 2013, Vietnam took legal action in 233 cases of corruption involving 568 individuals, up by 11 cases and 97 individuals compared to 2012. This year saw a further increase, with 335 cases involving 803 defendants being brought to court so far.-VNA