Vietnam and Russia discuss anti-bribery efforts

by VTV429 March 2017 Last updated at 10:24 AM

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VTV.vn - Vietnamese and Russian gathered in a workshop in Hanoi on Tuesday to discuss countering measures to bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions.

The workshop was held by the Trade Representative of the Russia Federation in Vietnam and the Russian Center for Science and Culture.

At the workshop, the Russian representative introduced measures currently applied in Russia that adheres to the Convention of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions.

“The governing bodies of the free trade agreements have been the most active in this area. The simplification of administration, disclosures of custom inspection procedures, and the minimization of tariff barriers has allowed better control over the processes during transactions between countries”, the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation Viacheslav Kharinov in Vietnam said.

The Vietnamese representatives also shared the country's own experience in fighting corruption in the import sector by reforming administrative procedures, especially in customs services; and increasing inspection to prevent smuggling and trade fraud.

“Regarding the administrative reforms in our country, we've decreased the number of procedures from 239 to 168. At present, 100% of our customs procedures have been automated in every customs office nationwide”, the Deputy Chief Director of General Department of Vietnam Customs Le Hong Tan said.

At the conference, both sides emphasized the danger of bribery in international transactions, and the need to promote joint efforts to combat it.

“Bilateral co-operation in this area will take place regularly between large public corporations and private businesses of both countries. This is what Russia aim to carry out with Vietnam in order to create a healthy environment for the businesses of both countries”, Viacheslav Kharinov added.

According to the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in Vietnam, co-operation in combating bribery in international transactions will boost economic ties, especially in the implementation of the Vietnam - Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement.


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