The monthly bilingual pictorial “Dan Toc va Mien Nui” (Nationalities and Mountainous Areas), a Vietnam News Agency (VNA) publication, has become indispensable to ethnic minorities, according to feedback received in conferences held in Ninh Thuan, Gia Lai and Dak Lak provinces from October 1-6 to review the magazine’s first two years of publication.

Up to 23,000 issues published in Khmer, Bhana, Jrai, Ede, Cham, Mong, K’ho and M’nong, along with Vietnamese, are sent to schools, villages, border posts and cultural centres each month, predominantly to poor and remote areas, VNA Deputy Director General Le Duy Truyen, who chaired the events, informed the participants.

Thanks to the concise articles and beautiful pictures, readers have found it easy to stay informed about the latest national developments, including current Party and State policies. Readers feel more motivated to join campaigns and contribute their time and efforts to the construction of new rural areas.

Featuring news that examine the socio-political situation and poverty reduction efforts, the magazine is now available in over 40 localities.

Conference participants provided feedback to improve content and suggested printing more copies to widen readership.

On the occasion, select individuals and organisations were awarded “For the cause of VNA” badges and certificates of merit in recognition of their contributions.

In working sessions with the VNA Deputy Director General, provincial authorities promised to continue to cooperate with VNA by distributing the pictorial and the daily paper Tin Tuc (News).

They will also help disseminate information via the V-News television channel and release bilingual publications in Vietnamese-Co Tu and Vietnamese-Xe Dang next year.-VNA