External information awards contribute to improving service’s efficiency

VietnamPlus wins two second prizes at the National External Information Service Awards 2016 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Sixty nine press works were honoured under the National External Information
Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 31.

The awards included six
first prizes, 15 second prizes, 18 third prizes, and 30 consolation prizes.

This is the third time
the awards have been organized by the Party Central Committee’s Information and
Education Commission and the Central Steering Committee for External
Information Services.

The 2016 contest received
893 entries in 17 languages, up 21 percent in number of entries and six
languages more compared to the event in 2015.

President Tran Dai Quang
and head of the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission
Vo Van Thuong presented awards to the first prize winners.

The prize winning works
focused on such themes as Vietnam’s political and diplomatic activities, sea
and island, culture, environment and climate change. 

The State-run Vietnam
News Agency (VNA) won one first prize, four second prizes, two third prizes,
and five consolation prizes.

The first-prize photo work
“Early election in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago” by Tran Le Lam from the
VNA’s Press Photography Department was evaluated to have produced good impact
with excellent photographic techniques.

The VNA’s e-newspaper
VietnamPlus won the second prize with a series of stories in the “mega-story”
style, featuring the Monsoon Music Festival in Hanoi. 

Speaking at the event, Thuong
said external information is an important part in the communication and
external work of the Party and State, which will help people around the world
understand better Vietnam’s policies and the country’s stance on regional and
international issues.

The work also promotes
the country’s land, people, history and culture as well as achievements in the
“doi moi” (renewal) process, he added.

At the same time, the external
information service keeps the domestic public updated on the latest
developments in the region and the world, connects Vietnam with the
international community and Vietnamese abroad, and garners support and
cooperation from international friends along with consensus and contributions
of expatriates to the cause of national building and defense, the official

The service also provides
accurate information to fight against wrong viewpoints and distorted
allegations about Vietnam of hostile forces, he noted.

The head of the Party
Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission urged external
information agencies to continue with efforts to improve their performance and
reach wider audiences.

The National External
Information Service Awards was launched in 2014.-VN

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