Strengthened crackdowns urged against smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting

Friday, 2018-07-27 04:10:04
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Functional forces inspect a store under the Con Cung supermarket chain in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: NDO/Thien Lam)
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NDO - Continuing to strengthen the inspection, detection and strict handling of smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting goods was a requirement made by Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at a national teleconference on July 26.

The event, jointly held by the National Steering Committee Against Smuggling, Trade Frauds and Counterfeiting Goods (National Steering Committee 389) and the Steering Committee for Government’ National Crime Prevention and Combat Programme (Steering Committee 138/Gov), aimed at summarising the operation of the two agencies in the first six months this year and discussing future tasks.

Reports at the conference showed that in the first half of the year, the country broke more than 20,000 criminal cases, while identifying nearly 9,000 economic crimes, more than 200 corruption crimes and over 1,100 smuggling cases.

The functional forces have recollected more than VND7.4 trillion for the State budget, prosecuted 887 cases with 889 subjects and handled more than 5,000 cases of counterfeiting goods and violations of intellectual property rights.

Deputy PM Truong Hoa Binh speaks at the conference. (Photo: VGP)

Speaking at the event, Politburo member, Truong Hoa Binh, who is also Head of the two above agencies, acknowledged the efforts made by the functional forces at all levels in the fight against crime, smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeit goods.

However, as illegal transporting, producing and trading of smuggled and fake goods are still happening in many places, causing losses to the State budget and affecting people's health, the Deputy PM required the two agencies and authorities concerned to promptly overcome the shortcomings to raise the effectiveness of the prevention and fight against crimes.

They were also asked to timely grasp the domestic and international situation and bring into play the leadership of the Party Committees and the heads of the agencies and units in the crime prevention and fight in the new situation.

Furthermore, they should also deploy strengthened crackdowns against criminals to timely detect and crackdown on organised, economic, drug and hi-tech crime.

There should resolutely be no “prohibited zones” in handling the violations, Deputy PM Binh stressed, adding that head of agencies that show signs of covering and tolerance to crimes, smuggling, trade fraud and counterfeiting goods will be disciplined.