At the signing ceremony (Source: VNA)

 Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Polish Press Agency (PAP) have agreed to exchange information and enhance professional cooperation in the time to come, resuming their ties after a long time of interruption.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed by VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi and Polish Ambassador to Vietnam Barbara Szymanowska in Hanoi on November 28.

The signing was witnessed by President Tran Dai Quang and his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda who is on a State visit to Vietnam from November 27-30.

Under the MoU, the two agencies will exchange text news, photos and video clips in English, for the purpose of publishing on their news channels.

They also consented to support each other’s correspondents working in the respective countries.

The VNA and the PAP first signed a cooperative agreement in 1978. However, the deal is no longer effective due to historical changes.

The signing of the new document is in line with the VNA’s policy on intensifying international cooperation in order to develop its foreign news services, and to access direct information about Central Europe where the agency has yet to establish a bureau.

The cooperation also runs along the Party’s and State’s foreign policy on diversifying and multilateralising foreign relations.

Established in 1918, the PAP is Poland’s largest media agency with about 300 reporters.

Meanwhile, 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 office 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. In addition to official Vietnamese-language news provided for domestic and foreign media outlets, stories for foreign service are written in English, Chinese, French and Spanish, not to mention print and e-newspapers in four other languages, namely Lao, Korean, Japanese and Russian.-VNA