VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (L) and Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (Source: VNA) 
 
Seoul (VNA) – General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi spoke highly of the growing Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) ties in a diverse range of areas, during a meeting with RoK Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon in Seoul on February 18.

General Director Loi introduced the role and function of the VNA and underlined the need to enhance information sharing between the VNA and Yonhap news agency. He said the Vietnamese people pay close attention to the RoK and its people so that the two news agencies hold responsibility for deepening mutual understanding between the two countries’ peoples.

PM Lee, for his part, wished that the VNA and Yonhap would continue serving as bridges to promote bilateral ties in the near future.

He also conveyed his thanks to the Vietnamese Government for facilitating RoK businesses’ operations in Vietnam over the past few years, as well as providing support for Korean people in the country.
 
VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (R) and Yonhap President Sung-boo Cho (Source: VNA)

The same day, General Director Loi had talks with Yonhap President Sung-boo Cho. Loi wished that Yonhap would share its experience in the use of artificial intelligence in news production, adding that VNA is ready to assist Yonhap in opening a Vietnamese page on its website.

As a national news agency, the VNA is responsible for providing mainstream information for foreign news agencies, and willing to offer maximum support to Yonhap correspondents to cover news in Vietnam, he said.

He invited Yonhap President Cho to the 44th meeting of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) scheduled for April 19-20 in Vietnam.

President Cho wished that both sides would continue working closely together in information works.

On the occasion, the VNA General Director, Yonhap President, and Executive Vice Chairman of SK Innovation – the RoK’s largest chemical energy company – signed a memorandum of understanding on media cooperation for a mangrove forest restoration project in the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

During his visit to the RoK, VNA General Director Loi made trips to the Vietnamese Embassy and Samsung Group. On February 19-20, the VNA General Director and his entourage will visit SK Innovation’s petrol refinery and tour the southern cities of Ulsan and Busan.

The working visit is at the invitation of Yonhap President Sung-boo Cho from February 17-21.–VNA