Vietnam News Agency (VNA) is responsible for publicizing the State’s official viewpoints on current affairs; rectifying information unbeneficial to national interests; refuting and correcting false information and, when necessary, rejecting intentionally distorted information.
The above duties are some among those mentioned in Government Decree 87 dated October 26, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the VNA.
|Headquarter of the Vietnam News Agency__Photo: VNA|
Effective from November 1 in replacement of Decree 118 issued in 2017 , the new regulation emphasizes the role of the VNA as a key national foreign-service press agency to collect, compile and provide information about Vietnam in various languages to domestic agencies and organizations, foreign news and press agencies, foreigners and overseas Vietnamese.
The main tasks of the VNA are to consistently publish and broadcast official documents and information of the Party and the State; and collect and compile information for public readership and for reference through various types of press and in multimedia forms so as to promptly meet the requirements of the Party leadership and state management.
In addition, the VNA has to formulate and submit to the Government and Prime Minister its long-term, medium-term and annual strategies, programs and plans and other important projects and schemes, and organize the implementation of these strategies, programs, plans, projects and schemes after they are approved.
Other duties of the VNA are to store data, build a data bank and manage the national photo archives, and organize the exploitation of these data sources for its information dissemination activities and to meet requirements of agencies of the Party and the State and other entities at home and abroad.
The VNA will also collect, compile, publish, print and distribute publications and press and multimedia products to the mass media, the public and domestic and foreign entities. It is also tasked to provide information to people in ethnic minority and mountainous areas in their spoken and written languages.
As for organizational structure, the new decree decreases the number of attached units of the VNA to 28 from 30 under Decree 118, removing the Informatics Center and Examination Department. These 28 units include four organizations assisting the General Director, 20 information units, and four information service units.
The VNA is headed by the General Director and has no more than four Deputy General Directors. The General Director is answerable to the Government and Prime Minister and before law for all activities of the VNA while Deputy General Directors assist the General Director and take responsibility before the General Director and before law for their assigned tasks.- (VLLF)