Event Name:            Anti Corruption Round Table and Workshop (Enhancing Business Engagement)
Date:                        Wednesday 30 October and Thursday 31 October 2013
Location:                  Melia Hotel, Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hanoi
Organiser:                VCCI and British Embassy
Attendees:
  1.      HE Antony Stokes, British Ambassador to Vietnam (co-chair) 30 Oct
  2.      Dr Tran Duc Luong, Deputy Inspector General (co-chair) 30 Oct
  3.      Dr Vu Tien Loc, Chair and President VCCI (chair) 31 Oct
  4.      Elodie Journet, Austrade Commissioner (30 Oct).
  5.      Officials from Transparency International & UK DFID.
Also in attendance :  Other representatives from government and business and international specialist speakers.
Background:

  •       As a pre-cursor to the Anti Corruption Dialogue to be held in Hanoi on 3 December, this meeting and workshop was to facilitate discussion and to engage business in the options for addressing bribery and corruption in Vietnam.

 

Notes:

  •       Many presentations by international specialists including the World Bank and the Office of the Prime Minister in Malaysia.
  •       Other presentations from business such as CEO Mercedes Benz in Vietnam, Prudential Insurance and Saigon Tech Park detailing how systems and procedures can create an organisation which is transparent by saying ‘No to Corruption’ and the benefits of such a stance.
  •       The UK DFID has been working on a process of Collective Action where companies in the same industry or geographically collocated get together to develop transparent corruption free operations.
  •       I have been representing AusCham in many forums and I often ask questions for instance following the results of the AusCham survey of members which highlighted Customs and Taxation and the authorities where corruption is most rampant.
  •       The day and a half was instructive and once again aired the issues.  The Vietnamese government seems to be taking the issue more seriously and with local and international examples presented, are beginning to realise that there is benefit in addressing systemic corruption which is most prevalent in SOEs.
  •       I hold copies of the agenda and slide presentations.
Action Items (If any):

  •       Attendance at the Anti Corruption Dialogue on 12 November at the Sheraton Hotel, Hanoi.

Prepared By:  David Whitehead, Chairman AusCham Hanoi.

Date:                   1 November 2013