The editorial board of Le Courrier du Vietnam was awarded the third class Labour Medal of the State during a ceremony held on September 20 (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) - Le Courrier du Vietnam has become one of the leading newspapers for foreign service in Vietnam, General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi stated.

He made the affirmation at a ceremony held in Hanoi on September 20 to celebrate 25 years since Le Courrier du Vietnam newspaper was transferred to the VNA from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He stressed that contributions made by the staff, journalists and technicians of the newspaper through periods have helped it become a bridge between Vietnam and the French-speaking community, thus affirming Vietnam’s position and role in the community of French-speaking countries.

Le Courrier du Vietnam has well performed its tasks in disseminating information and foreign policies of the Vietnamese Party and State and reflecting the country’s socio-economic development in a quick and objective manner, deserving one of the important foreign information channels of the nation, he said.

Editor-in-chief of Le Courrier du Vietnam Nguyen Thu Ha shared that the newspaper was founded in the early 1950s. In 1993, in preparation for the 7th Francophone Summit, which took place in 1997, the VNA took over the weekly from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

From a few A3-size pages, Le Courrier du Vietnam has been developed into a 64-page magazine with newer and more attractive designs and contents, contributing to promoting Vietnam’s images to French-speaking countries, thus attracting tourists from the community to Vietnam, Ha said.

Le Courrier du Vietnam will exert efforts to make more improvements in order to meet the information need of readers, towards expanding the influence and spread of its information among the French-speaking community, she added.  

At present, the newspaper is known for three publications: the weekly, the online newspaper and the television programme "Francophone space."

Since 2016, Le Courrier du Vietnam has worked with the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF) and the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Vietnam (GADIF) to successfully organise an annual contest for young reporters.

On this occasion, the editorial board of Le Courrier du Vietnam was awarded the third class Labour Medal of the State for the contributions of the only and oldest French-language newspaper in Vietnam.-VNA