Vietnam: Hanoi bans New Year gift-giving to curb bribery

Author(s): UNK| Date: December 1, 2016 | Language: English
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In what appears to be a departure from standard procedure,Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has banned government officials from offering gifts to their superiors for the upcoming Lunar New Year, known locally as Tet.
“I have instructed them (government officials) not to pay any visit to the Prime Minister or other senior government, ministry and agency officials,” Mr Phuc said at a monthly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Online news site VN Express International reported that he said any kind of Tet gifts would also be prohibited.
He said the “entire administrative system” that includes government officials from central to local levels must follow suit.
In mid-November, Mr Phuc approved a seven-day Tet break for the country’s biggest holiday from Jan 26 to Feb 1.

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