VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi speaks at the conference. (Source: VNA)

Tuyen Quang (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) held a conference on December 9 with leaders from 16 northern mountainous provinces on ways to improve the quality of VNA’s specialized pictorial newspaper on ethnic minorities and mountainous region.

Addressing the conference in Tuyen Quang province, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi stressed that the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial is the only bilingual newspaper serving ethnic minority communities across 45 provinces in the country.

Given the importance of the publication, the General Director said the VNA always pays particular attention to its quality from the format to content, as well as the distribution of the newspaper to readers.

He added that the VNA has signed agreements on information sharing and dissemination with the Steering Committees of the Northwest, Central Highlands and Southeast regions, and the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial is an important channel to implement the agreements.

Since July, 2012, the VNA has published 11 bilingual versions of the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial in Vietnamese and 11 ethnic languages, with 68,000 copies each edition.

In the northern region, the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial is published in Vietnamese-Mong and Vietnamese-Tay with 25,000 copies each edition in 16 provinces.

Since January, 2017, the VNA will publish the newspaper’s Vietnamese-Chinese version.

Nguyen Hong Thang, Vice Secretary of Tuyen Quang provincial Party Committee, said the Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Region Pictorial gradually meet ethnic minorities’ demand for information in Tuyen Quang.

Delegates to the conference recommended that the newspaper should try to ensure the accuracy when translating from Vietnamese to ethnic languages, improve distribution network and introduce the newspaper to local schools.-VNA