At the signing ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The State-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the People’s Committee of the central province of Thua Thien-Hue inked an agreement on communication cooperation in Hue city on September 11.

The deal was signed by VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi, who is also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, and Chairman of the Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho.

Under the agreement, VNA, through its diverse media products, will introduce to Vietnamese and foreign friends the land, culture, people as well as advantages and potential of Thua Thien-Hue province as well as its policies.

VNA will engage in orienting public opinions on issues related to the province, and cooperate with the spokesperson of the provincial People’s Committee in clearing up or rejecting wrongful information about Thua Thien-Hue, thus supporting its authorities in leadership and management affairs.

At the same time, the agency will also promote the province’s tourism and its efforts in building smart urban areas, administrative reform and e-government development, as well as the locality’s economic restructuring and socio-economic development.

As part of the agreement, local media agencies of Thua Thien-Hue will enjoy free access to media products of VNA, while their media staff will be trained through courses held by VNA.

Meanwhile, Thua Thien-Hue will create optimal conditions for VNA reporters to operate in the province, while actively providing information for VNA and backing VNA’s activities in the province.

Addressing the signing ceremony, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi said that with its representative offices in 63 cities and provinces across the country and 30 other offices in all five continents around the globe, VNA has absolute advantage that cannot be found in any other Vietnamese media agency.

VNA also owns the largest number of media products in the country, while being a strong news agency in Southeast Asia, he said, adding that the agency has partnered with nearly 40 news agencies and media organisations in the world such as AFP, Reuters, AP, ITAR-TASS, RIA Novosti, Xinhua, Yonhap, Kyodo News, and Prensa Latina.

Loi expressed his hope that in the future, Thua Thien-Hue will continue supporting the VNA representative office in the province to perform its tasks and implement contents of the signed deal.

For his part, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Phan Ngoc Tho expressed his belief that the agreement will bring in positive outcomes and have broad spreading.

Hailing the efficiency of VNA as well as its office in the province, Tho pledged to continue assisting them in introducing the province’s achievements and socio-economic potential to domestic and international friends.-VNA