Vietnam News Agency targets better foreign news services hinh anh 1At the working session (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) has completed a project on developing a number of national print and electronic newspapers serving external relations, said VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi.

General Director Nguyen Duc Loi, who is also member of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, was speaking at a working session with the Central Steering Committee for External Information Services in Hanoi on October 27, during which he said during its 72-year history, the agency has successfully performed its role as the nation’s leading agency for foreign news services.

According to the master plan for the media system serving external relations to 2020 with a vision towards 2030 approved by the Prime Minister last year, the VNA has been tasked with developing a number of national print newspapers and magazines and e-newspapers.

The project aims to turn print versions of Vietnam News and Vietnam Pictorial, and e-newspaper VietnamPlus into national ones that have regional and global impacts and fulfill the task of providing foreign news services in line with guidelines and policies of the Party and State, the VNA leader said.

During the first phase of the project, to last until 2020, the three units will increase in-depth information, boost the application of technologies, and use modern media methods, while expanding their publications.

Meanwhile, in the second phase, from 2020 to 2030, they are expected to launch more languages, create information products for each group of readers, expand international cooperation and update technological applications in news production.

Addressing the event, Pham Van Linh, deputy head of the CPV Central Committee's Commission for Information and Education and deputy head of the Central Steering Committee for External Information Services, showed his support for the VNA’s project.

He underlined the need for the VNA and its units to revamp their organisation in order to improve the efficiency of foreign news services.

At the same time, the agency should heed training its officials and reporters to meet requirements of foreign news services in the new period, along with intensifying coordination with competent agencies to create competitive, effective products that have impacts both regionally and globally, Linh said.-VNA