Vietnam News Agency wins big at awards show

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) won a total of 20 prizes, including one special prize shared with two other agencies, four first, one second, seven third and seven consolation prizes, at the 7th National External Information Service Awards presentation ceremony in Hanoi.

With these prizes, VNA is now one of the units that have secured the most prizes in the National External Information Service Awards for a number of consecutive years.

Co-organised by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education and the Central Steering Committee for External Information Service, the event honoured 102 best entries.

It also marked the 10th year of implementing the Politburo’s Conclusion No.16-KL/TW on the external information development strategy for the 2011-20 period.

Over the past decade, external information has made positive contributions to the country’s information and education work as well as the Party and State’s achievements in external affairs.

This year, the organising board received over 1,000 entries in 14 languages which were published as articles in print and online newspapers, websites licensed by competent agencies, radio and TV broadcast, press and landscape photos, and books.

Notably, foreign authors and press agencies, overseas Vietnamese and Vietnamese embassies abroad also sent works to the awards.

Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh described external information as an important part of the Party’s external affairs, State and people- to-people diplomacy, and ideological affairs.

Its core role is to bring Vietnam to the world and the world closer to Vietnam, he said.

The Prime Minister requested renewing the external information work by adopting advanced technologies to improve quality, thus ensuring correctness, timeliness, attractiveness, relevance and efficiency in multiple languages.

He presented certificates to a group of authors winning the special prize, including the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the VNA and those participating in the external information work. — Vietnam News/ANN

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