13:00 | 21/12/2020 Society
A memorandum of understanding on information cooperation and exchange was signed between the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on December 20.
The pact was inked by Vietnamese Ambassador Vu Viet Dung, who represented the VNA, and President of SPA Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussain.
Under the MoU, the two agencies will supply each other with stories and photo with captions in English.
At the signing ceremony, Dung conveyed to the SPA President a letter from VNA Director General Nguyen Duc Loi.
The letter introduces the State-run VNA’s 75-year history and its relationship with more than 40 news agencies and press organisations across the globe.
The diplomat said the MoU not only marks a milestone in the two news agencies’ collaboration but also contributes to strengthening the Vietnam – Saudi Arabica multifaceted ties and mutual understanding.
For his part, the SPA President lauded efforts made by the VNA and support from the embassy for the signing to officially take place.
He expressed his wish to visit Vietnam as soon as possible.
The Vietnam News Agency (VNA), a government agency with the function as the state news agency, operates under the consortium model.
With representative offices in all 63 cities and provinces nationwide and 30 overseas bureaus across the five continents, the VNA has a strong contingent of reporters working across the country and in most of the key areas around the world. This is a unique advantage that no other press agency in Vietnam has.
With more than 60 media products made by more than 1,000 reporters and editors out of the over-2,300-strong staff, the VNA is the press agency with the largest number of information products and forms in the country, from source news in the forms of text, photo, television, infographics and audio to publications such as dailies, weeklies, magazines, pictorials, books, e-newspapers, websites, online and print newspapers, and information on mobile platforms and social networks, among others.
As the key national press agency for external affairs, the VNA provides domestic and foreign media outlets with news in Vietnamese, Chinese, English, French and Spanish. It also has print newspapers and e-newspapers in 10 languages: Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, English, French and Spanish.