The Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, the Steering Committee on External Information Work and the Vietnam News Agency held a press conference on November 22 in Hanoi to announce the fifth edition of the National External Information Service Awards 2018.

The National External Information Service Awards 2018, organised by the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, the Steering Committee on External Information Work and the VNA, honours outstanding authors, press works and books in the external information sector. The VNA has been selected to act as the standing agency of this year’s awards.

Over the years, the external information service has reaped positive results, contributing to maintaining political stability, serving socio-economic development, ensuring national defence-security and promoting international integration. It has also helped raise the prestige of Vietnam in the international arena and introduce the country to international friends.

The annual National External Information Service Awards, launched in 2014, have been participated in by many journalists from both domestic and international publications.-VNA