On October 24 and 25, 2023, Michel Smaniotto, Deputy Secretary General of the High Authority, went to Hanoi, in Vietnam, to take part in a seminar co-organised by the General Inspectorate of the Government of Vietnam (GIV) and the French Embassy in Vietnam. The aim of this event was to provide a forum for exchanges on French and Vietnamese measures to prevent corruption. The High Authority intervened in particular on the prevention of conflicts of interest and the control of asset declarations.
Over 70 Vietnamese inspectors took part in the discussions, which also involved the French Anti-Corruption Agency and the General Directorate for Administration and the Civil Service.
Discussions focused in particular on the following topics: procedures for verifying and evaluating declared assets, methods for detecting omissions and unexplained variations of assets, follow-up to the control of assets and income, coordination of the administrations in charge of collecting information, and sanctions in the event of a failure to declare assets or interests, or the provision of a misleading assessment of assets. The inspectors were very interested in the French definition of conflict of interest and the methods used to prevent the risk of illegal taking of interest.
These exchanges are part of a close cooperation between the High Authority and the GIV, initiated in 2019 and including a study visit to Paris in June 2023.
In addition, on October 30, 2023, the High Authority welcomed the vice-president of the Commission of Control of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the deputy directors of the different departments of the Commission, accompanied by the Vietnamese ambassador in France, Mr. Taon Thang DINH.
The Commission of Control of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, responsible for inspection and supervision of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, was particularly interested in the French approach to prevention of corruption and the working methods of the High Authority.
The exchanges covered the different missions of the High Authority, and more precisely the control of declarations of assets and interests.