At the working session between delegates from the Vietnam News Agency and Spain's EFE news agency (Photo VNA)

London (VNA)
– General Director of the State-owned Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi met with officials of several major press agencies in Spain and the UK during his Europe trip from December 12-18 to step up cooperative relations with European partners.

During his working sessions with the executive of Spain’s EFE news agency, and the UK’s Thomson Reuters and BBC, General Director Nguyen Duc Loi, who is also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, compared notes about the role and operation of the press in the world’s current situation.
 
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The sides shared positive assessment on their bilateral cooperation in information exchange over the past time, stressing that the sharing of information among press agencies, especially major ones, is an urgent need at present, in order to diversify sources of information and increase competitiveness of traditional press agencies given the rapid development of new communication forms, particularly social networks.

They underlined the necessity to reform operational models and methods as well as promote new forms of information provision to suit the new situation and changes in the way the public access information.

The sides informed each other about their operation and development in recent time while sharing experience in developing new forms of information, especially mass media products.

The management of EFE, Thomson Reuters and BBC introduced their organisational structure and latest information products to the VNA delegation and said they are willing to share experience in the field.

The European partners also affirmed to help the VNA with training of reporters, editors and technicians to develop new information forms.

During his trip, General Director Nguyen Duc Loi also called at Vietnamese embassies in Spain and the UK.

The State-owned VNA boasts a network of 63 bureaus in all the cities and provinces nationwide and 30 overseas bureaus across five continents.

With more than 60 media products by more than 1,000 reporters and editors out of its 2,400-strong staff, the VNA is now the media agency with the largest number of products in the country: bulletins, photos, television programmes, dailies, weeklies, monthlies, magazines, pictorials, books, TV channel, e-newspapers and information programmes on mobile platforms.

The agency also delivers news in the largest number of languages. It runs the e-newspaper Vietnamplus in five languages – Vietnamese, English, Chinese, French and Spanish at www.vietnamplus.vn along with several other print and e-newspapers in English, French, Korean, Lao, Japanese and Russian.-VNA