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National meeting reviews external information work in 2017

A meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 26 to review external information work and the dissemination of information about seas, islands, border demarcation, border marker planting and land border management in 2017 and set tasks for next year.

According to the Commission for Information and Education of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, amid complex regional, global and domestic situations in 2017, external information work and the popularisation of sea and border-related information have been a success.

The dissemination of the Party’s guidelines, the State’s policies and laws, reform achievements, images of Vietnam’s land, culture and people, sea and island issues, border demarcation, border marker planting and land border management was enhanced.

Meanwhile, information refuting distorted viewpoints was provided proactively, which helped improve Vietnamese people’s awareness support for the Party’s leadership and State policies on the country’s important affairs and capitalised on the international community’s support.

The commission commended Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam Television, Radio the Voice of Vietnam, Nhan dan (People) newspaper and Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) newspaper for fulfilling their role as key press agencies in external information work.

Enhanced cooperation and information exchange between central and local press outlets, as well as between Vietnamese and foreign press agencies, have also helped report news on Vietnam to the world and on international issues to the country.

At the meeting, representatives from ministries, sectors, localities and press agencies shared experience in external information work and discussed the communication of information about marine sovereignty protection, fisheries and fishermen.

Chairman of the Commission for Information and Education Vo Van Thuong, head of the central steering committee for external information work, asked for more flexibility in the field.

It is necessary to apply IT and modern communication methods and provide information in foreign languages. Another critical task is to forecast international and regional developments to serve external information work, he added.

At the meeting, the commission presented merit certificates to 20 agencies and 14 persons with outstanding accomplishments in external information work and dissemination of sea- and border-related information in 2017.-VNA/VNP