2017 Basel Anti-Money-Laundering Index

Basel Institute of Governance – International Center for Asset Recovery

 
World ranking of Money Laundering risk in ASEAN countries and China:

Laos – 5
Cambodia – 9
Myanmar – 13
Vietnam – 18
Thailand – 44
China – 51
Indonesia – 61
Philippines – 65
Malaysia – 70
Hong Kong (China) – 89
Singapore – 117
Taiwan (China) – 136

 

2017 Basel AML Index

The Basel AML Index is an annual ranking assessing country risk regarding money laundering/terrorism financing. It focuses on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) frameworks and other related factors such as financial/public transparency and judicial strength.

This is the sixth edition of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index developed by the Basel Institute on Governance. The Basel Institute published the Basel AML Index for the first time in 2012 and has since then been the only non-profit organisation to create a research-based ranking focusing on the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing. The Basel AML Index provides the following key features: Continue reading “2017 Basel Anti-Money-Laundering Index”

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Suspicion mounts over Vietnam official who reported $17k missing from hotel room

The official is on a 45-day inspection trip to businesses in southern Long An Province

By Tuoi Tre NewsSeptember 28, 2017, 11:24 GMT+7

 
The T.V. hotel in Long An Province, where Nguyen Xuan Quang lost his money. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A senior environment official in Vietnam has reported that nearly US$17,000 in cash had been stolen from his hotel room while on an inspection trip in southern Long An Province.

Nguyen Xuan Quang, the deputy director of an environmental protection watchdog organization under the Vietnam Environment Administration, first reported the situation on Tuesday.

The hotel room burglary was confirmed by the police department in Long An’s Tan An City on Wednesday. Continue reading “Suspicion mounts over Vietnam official who reported $17k missing from hotel room”

​Legal proceedings filed against more PetroVietnam Construction executives in mismanagement case

The economic mismanagement at the construction firm resulted in losses of around VND3.3 trillion (US$145.37 million).

By Tuoi Tre News

September 30, 2017, 13:02 GMT+7

​Legal proceedings filed against more PetroVietnam Construction executives in mismanagement case
File photo of PetroVietnam general manager Nguyen Anh Minh
Vietnamese police have launched legal proceedings against three more individuals involved in a high-profile mismanagement case with enormous financial losses at PetroVietnam Constrction (PVC), a subsidiary of the state-run oil and gas giant PetroVietnam.

The investigation police agency under the Ministry of Public Security on Friday initiated legal proceedings, without an arrest warrant, against PVC general manager Nguyen Anh Minh on charges of “embezzlement assets,” according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. Continue reading “​Legal proceedings filed against more PetroVietnam Construction executives in mismanagement case”

Vietnam’s health ministry faces inspection for self-financing, construction management

There are signs that group interests played a part in the ministry’s decision making

By Tuoi Tre News

September 22, 2017, 15:11 GMT+7

​Vietnam’s health ministry faces inspection for self-financing, construction management
Dang Cong Huan, deputy head of the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam, announces the inspection decision to the health ministry.
Vietnam’s state inspectorate announced on Thursday that it plans to open an investigation into allegations of the self-financing and mismanagement of several construction projects undertaken by the Ministry of Health.

The inspection will last in 70 days and attempt to uncover any misdeeds by the ministry during 2013-16 period, according to the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam. Continue reading “Vietnam’s health ministry faces inspection for self-financing, construction management”

Vietnam gov’t to thoroughly inspect all projects on Son Tra Peninsula

Yet another issue thrusting Da Nang into the media spotlight

By Tuoi Tre News

September 21, 2017, 13:44 GMT+7

​Vietnam gov’t to thoroughly inspect all projects on Son Tra Peninsula
An aerial view of Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang, central Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s government has tasked the state inspectorate with launching a comprehensive inspection into all construction and investment projects currently underway on Son Tra Peninsula in the central city of Da Nang.
The Government Inspectorate of Vietnam is supposed to lead a joint inspection with the environment, agriculture, and construction ministries, as well as relevant agencies, the Government Office said on Wednesday, citing an order from Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.The inspection should focus on whether construction projects on the peninsula are in line with laws on land management and forest and environmental protection, according to the fiat. Continue reading “Vietnam gov’t to thoroughly inspect all projects on Son Tra Peninsula”

NA Standing Committee examines anti-corruption work

Last update 10:31 | 20/09/2017

The National Assembly’s Judicial Committee said the government’s report on anti-corruption work over the past time fails to propose breakthrough solutions and specific roadmap to address outstanding shortcomings in the work. 

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Commenting on the report at the National Assembly Standing Committee’s 19th meeting on September 19, the Judicial Committee cited Party documents and public opinions as assessing that corruption continues to be serious and complicated. Continue reading “NA Standing Committee examines anti-corruption work”

Đà Nẵng People’s Council member responsible for violations: report

vietnamnews Update: September, 19/2017 – 09:00

Chairman of the Đà Nẵng People’s Council and Party Central Committee member, Nguyễn Xuân Anh.
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Chairman of the Đà Nẵng People’s Council and Party Central Committee member, Nguyễn Xuân Anh, has been found to ‘hold the main responsibility’ for multiple violations by the People’s Council Standing Committee during the 2015-20 tenure, the Central Inspection Commission said yesterday in a report following a four-day meeting. Continue reading “Đà Nẵng People’s Council member responsible for violations: report”

Lawmakers to mull tougher corruption law

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Update: September, 11/2017 – 09:25

Lawmakers convening today in Hà Nội for 14th session of the National’s Assembly’s Standing Committee are scheduled to discuss an amended Law on Corruption Prevention and Control, giving the State more leverage against officials suspected of corruption.– VNA/VNS Photo Nguyễn Dân

HÀ NỘI – Lawmakers convening today in Hà Nội for 14th session of the National’s Assembly’s Standing Committee are scheduled to discuss an amended Law on Corruption Prevention and Control, giving the State more leverage against officials suspected of corruption. Continue reading “Lawmakers to mull tougher corruption law”

APEC law-enforcement agencies vow to strengthen corruption fight

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Update: August, 19/2017 – 19:00

Delegates from 21 APEC-member economies at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies in HCM City on Saturday. VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Anti-corruption authorities and law enforcement agencies from 21 APEC member economies vowed to strengthen measures to fight money laundering and bribery at a workshop held on Aug 19 during the APEC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 3) in HCM City.

The 80 delegates at the 4th Meeting of the APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies agreed that “corruption erodes social integrity and fairness, undermines government accountability and public trust, and impedes healthy economic growth.”

Speaking at the meeting, Nguyễn Văn Thanh, Government deputy inspector general and chair of the meeting, said: “Greater cooperation is needed in combating money laundering and recovering stolen assets, and promoting international cooperation in bribery cases, repatriation of fugitives, and informal international cooperation.”

“I believe that our deliberations at this meeting will facilitate direct connections among law enforcement agencies, and create a platform for international cooperation in information exchange, mutual legal assistance, extradition, asset recovery and joint investigation of corruption cases,” he added.

Corruption in Việt Nam had caused resource losses, reducing the efficiency of public investment, destroying trust of investors, and weakening national competitiveness, Thanh said.

Peru, an APEC member economy, for example, has made great progress in fighting corruption by strengthening international cooperation and participating in global anti-corruption activities, according to a report from Peru’s High-Level Anti-Corruption Commission.

“Corruption is one of the main threats and vulnerabilities that allow the commission of acts of laundering and terrorist financing,” the report said.

Also speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Denis Kunev, head of the Organisation and Analytics Department at the Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation, said: “We expect stronger commitment and cooperation among the member economies in the Asia Pacific region to fight corruption.”

“The meeting provided an opportunity for member economies to speak about challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in fighting money laundering and recovering assets related to corruption cases,” Kunev told Việt Nam News. “It had a lot of useful information on anti-corruption, which we can use for training investigators in Russia.”

The Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies was established at the 17th APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group Meeting in Indonesia in 2013.

The network, whose first meeting was held in China in 2014, aims to enhance informal cross-border cooperation between agencies responsible for investigations and prosecutions of corruption, bribery, money laundering and illicit trade, and the identification and return of the proceeds of those crimes.

The Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group’s Pathfinder Dialogue IV was also held on Saturday. Corruption as a driver of illegal logging and the use of anti-corruption activities by customs’ offices dealing with the forest trade were the main topics discussed.

The dialogue will resume on Aug 20, with focus on anti-corruption in wildlife trafficking and ways to detect and disrupt wildlife trafficking using anti-money laundering and asset confiscation techniques, protocols and good practices of effective international cooperation and mutual legal assistance. — VNS

 

Hình thức và Hậu quả tham nhũng trong Giáo dục ở Việt Nam

TT Ở Việt Nam, tham nhũng trong giáo dục vẫn chưa được quan tâm đúng mức và thường bị lảng tránh bằng tên gọi một hiện tượng xã hội hơn là được nhận dạng thực sự là tham nhũng. Vì vậy, cần có những phân tích kỹ hơn nhằm nâng cao nhận thức về bản chất của tham nhũng trong lĩnh vực này.

Sử dụng phương pháp phỏng vấn sâu giáo viên, phụ huynh học sinh cũng như các nhà quản lý trường học kết hợp với nghiên cứu các khảo sát và thông tin truyền thông hiện nay, Tổ chức Minh bạch Quốc tế, với sự hỗ trợ của tổ chức Hướng tới Minh bạch, đã tiến hành nghiên cứu Hình thức và Hậu quả của Tham nhũng trong Ngành Giáo dục Việt Nam. Continue reading “Hình thức và Hậu quả tham nhũng trong Giáo dục ở Việt Nam”

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry receives warning

vietnamnews

Update: August, 01/2017 – 09:54

HÀ NỘI – The Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission has issued a warning against Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hồ Thị Kim Thoa for “serious violations” when she led the Điện Quang Lamp Company.

A warning is among four levels of punishment of the Communist Party of Việt Nam in handling members’ misconduct, which also include: reprimands, demotions and expulsions.

The commission also proposed Thoa be stripped of all current positions. Continue reading “Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry receives warning”

Biệt phủ và tình bạn

Mai An Nguyễn Anh Tuấn
Truyện ngắn

Từ trước tới nay, hắn vẫn cho rằng, tình bạn là một thứ tài sản quý giá, thiêng liêng; cho dù, vì điều âý có không ít người đã bĩu môi dè bỉu hắn là ngây thơ, và ngây ngô, song hắn thủ cựu với ý nghĩ: nếu có đem hắn vào cối giã, mọi thứ tan thành bột thì chắc chắn niềm tin đó vẫn nguyên vẹn…

Nhưng đến hôm nay, cái niềm tin gần như là tín điều đó của hắn bị lung lay dữ dội, khi quan hệ của hắn với một người bạn thân thiết nhất, gần như “con chấy cắn đôi”, đã rạn nứt khó có cơ hàn gắn – lạm dụng từ ngữ của giới kinh tế-chính trị, là phá sản! Và sự phá sản đau đớn này có liên quan, theo quy luật quả báo của đạo Phật, tới những biệt phủ ở một tỉnh miền núi đang được coi là một trong những tỉnh nghèo nhất nước… Continue reading “Biệt phủ và tình bạn”

Chuyện lão nông điều tra chống tiêu cực

20/06/2017 13:00

TP – Lão nông Phạm Tấn Lực điện cho tôi để cung cấp tin về nhà thầu thi công gian dối. Lão cũng điện cho nhiều nhà báo khác để báo cáo “chuyên án” do mình điều tra. Suốt 2 năm trời, lão bám theo nhà thầu Giang Tô thi công cao tốc Đà Nẵng – Quảng Ngãi để kiểm tra. Cái lý của lão là “họ thi công gian dối thì Nhà nước mình thêm nợ công chồng chất”.

Lão nông Phạm Tấn Lực với những bằng chứng trong tay để cung cấp cho báo chí.

Lão nông Phạm Tấn Lực với những bằng chứng trong tay để cung cấp cho báo chí.

 Lão nông và quốc sự

“Bữa rày họ mới xây cầu bắc qua đoạn cao tốc, nhưng xây xong thì nứt, bà con nhân dân và anh Ba (cách lão Lực thường tự xưng hô về mình) chụp ảnh hết rồi” – ông Lực từng điện cho tôi như vậy và nói giọng buồn rầu về nhà thầu đang thi công tuyến đường cao tốc Đà Nẵng – Quảng Ngãi băng qua gần nhà ông. Continue reading “Chuyện lão nông điều tra chống tiêu cực”

Quan chức tham nhũng Việt Nam kiếm tiền từ gỗ buôn lậu ở Campuchia

English:  Corrupt Vietnam officials & Cambodia timber theft

Cơ quan Điều tra Môi trường Ngày 08/5/2017

Một báo cáo gần đây tiết lộ quan chức tham nhũng trong chính phủ và quân đội Việt Nam có dính líu đến việc buôn lậu gỗ bất hợp pháp khối lượng lớn từ Campuchia.

Những người này nhận hối lộ hàng triệu đô la từ những kẻ buôn lậu gỗ để hợp pháp hóa cho hàng trăm nghìn mét khối gỗ tròn chặt trộm từ Vườn quốc gia Campuchia được chuyển vào Việt Nam, môt nền kinh tế chuộng sử dụng gỗ.
Continue reading “Quan chức tham nhũng Việt Nam kiếm tiền từ gỗ buôn lậu ở Campuchia”

Corrupt traffic inspectors in Can Tho spend ‘protection fee’ on job promotion

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/23/2017 17:05 GMT + 7

A group of former traffic inspectors in Can Tho City in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region previously arrested for demanding ‘protection money’ from local businesses claim the cash was used to ‘buy’ promotions.

At a trial held for seven of the corrupt traffic inspectors at the municipal People’s Court on Thursday, some of the defendants admitted that the extortion money was used to pay for job promotions.

Duong Minh Tam, a former deputy chief traffic inspector in Can Tho, said he spent VND370 million (US$16,240) for his position. Continue reading “Corrupt traffic inspectors in Can Tho spend ‘protection fee’ on job promotion”