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The General Director said VNA has several French-language publications such as the French version of the online Vietnamplus e-newspaper and the Le Courrier du Vietnam, hence the need for language training for reporters and editors.
He proposed considering cooperation possibilities between VNA and the AFP in training in the fields of multimedia and French language.
The VNA leader lauded the effective cooperation of the AFP through the provision of quality media products to the VNA in the past years, noting that the AFP is an important source of world news for the VNA, and other media agencies in Vietnam.
Loi also briefed his guest on Vietnam’s hosting of the APEC Year 2017, affirming that the VNA is willing to provide the AFP with information in various forms on events throughout the year, as well as to assist AFP reporters in covering those events.
For his part, Hoog said that his visit is a chance for him to get VNA’s feedback on the quality of AFP products.
He informed the VNA leader on the expansion of AFP’s network in Asia, aiming to diversify its information products.
He agreed with Loi’s proposal in collaboration in training French-language editors and reporters, asking the VNA to give more specific details on possible cooperation contents in the coming time.
Hoog said that he hopes the two sides will continue expanding the bilateral partnership to more media products and forms.
The VNA and AFP have cooperated in the form of information provision contracts involving English and French news and news photos. The AFP has also shared professional experience with the VNA and helped the Vietnamese State-run news agency study the organisational model of international media agencies.
The VNA is now the media agency with the largest number of products and forms in Vietnam with more than 60 media products: bulletins, photos, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, magazines, pictorials, books, a TV channel, infographics, audio programmes, e-newspapers, and information programmes on mobile platforms and social networks.
The agency also delivers news in the largest number of languages. In addition to official Vietnamese-language news provided for domestic and foreign media outlets, stories for foreign services are written in English, Chinese, French and Spanish – not to mention print and e-newspapers in eight other foreign languages, the four above plus Lao, Korean, Japanese and Russian. This is why the VNA is now regarded as the most important Vietnamese external news centre.
The VNA maintains bilateral and multilateral partnerships with more than 40 international media organisations. It is a member of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), the Non-Aligned News Agencies Pool (NANAP), and the ASEAN News Exchange (ANEX).-VNA