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Vietnam: Anti-Corruption Plan Adopted

(May 24, 2010) In April 2010, Vietnam adopted an implementation plan for the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC, signed by Vietnam on Dec. 10, 2003, and ratified on Aug. 19, 2009; text in English available from the U.N. website,
(last visited May 11, 2010).) The purpose of the plan is to harmonize Vietnam's anti-corruption laws with international norms. (Decision No. 445/QD-TTg; Nation Ratifies UN Corruption Plan, VIETNAM LAW AND LEGAL FORUM, Apr. 27, 2010, available at

The plan calls for reform of government regulation of anti-corruption organs, to make them more powerful and independent. In addition, the government will increase the transparency of public administration operations, simplifying procedures and reporting on anti-corruption efforts periodically. The legislation to be adopted will cover the recruitment, appointment, remuneration, training, and retirement of civil servants and will include criteria to assess corruption risks and steps taken by law enforcement to prevent the problem. The plan is divided into three stages. First, in the year 2010, the UNCAC will be broadly implemented and the legal system will be brought into compliance with UNCAC requirements. Next, in the years 2011-2016, the initial efforts at implementation will be assessed and further revisions of anti-corruption regulations will be made. Last, in the years 2016-2020, Vietnam intends to fully implement anti-corruption work. (Id.)