National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung has urged the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) staff to exert efforts to raise the agency’s position and prestige in the region and the world, deserving the trust of the Party and State and the favour of the people.

The NA leader made the requirement while visiting the VNA on September 14, for the occasion of its 66 th anniversary.
Chairman Hung affirmed that since VNA transmitted its first world bulletin in Vietnamese, English and French that featured the historic Declaration of Independence to establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 15, 1945, the agency has always marched with the nation through all important revolutionary periods.

During that great journey, together with journalists nationwide, generations of VNA reporters, editors and technical workers have raised high the spirit of courage, braving sacrifice and hardship to make worthy contributions to the common cause of the nation, he said, adding that many VNA journalists have laid down their lives for the national independence and freedom.

The NA Chairman expressed joy at achievements made by the VNA over the past 66 years, saying that VNA’s information has become more extensive, diversified and plentiful, effectively serving the renewal and integration cause of the country.

With a network of bureaus in all 63 cities and provinces nationwide and 27 others in foreign countries and a strong contingent of over 2,200 cadres and reporters, producing 40 types of information products, the VNA has actively contributed to introducing the country’s images and current events to international friends, he said.

Chairman Hung also spoke highly of the quality and content of VNA Television (Vnews) after one year of operation, saying that the channel has provided updated, concise, correct and comprehensive information on all aspects of life.

VNA General Director Tran Mai Huong affirmed that VNA staff, reporters and editors are determined to build on their achievements and exert efforts to fulfil all tasks and functions entrusted by the Party and State, continuing to build the VNA into a powerful national communications group and a reliable strategic information provider of the Party and State which actively contributes to national construction and development in the new period./.