General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi on June 9-10 paid a working visit to Italy and attended an Asia-Europe workshop on strategies and policies to foster trade and economic cooperation between Italy and Asian countries.

The workshop was jointly held by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Asia Trade Project, the Italian news agency AGI, the University of Sapienza in Rome , the Foreign Ministry and the Trade Promotion Agency (ICE) of Italy .

In his speech at the event, Loi said that cooperation and connection is a key trend in the 21 st century and media cooperation plays an important role in boosting momentums for development and removing barriers in the Asia-Europe collaboration.

On the current international cooperation and integration trend, Loi said that the VNA always wishes to further promote ties with other news agencies.

Since it was established in 1945, the VNA has signed cooperation agreements with and become partners of more than 40 news agencies around the world.

In addition, the agency has actively joined major international press organisations in the region and the world, including the OANA.

It has performed its role as a national news agency in narrowing the gap of information among countries as well as enhancing mutual understanding and sympathy, he stressed.

The VNA leader urged the new agencies to boost their cooperation so that the media can well perform its task of connecting the two continents, turning their differences into development opportunities, thus contributing to common peace, stability and prosperity.-VNA