Vietnamese, Cuban news agencies seek stronger partnership
Hanoi, September 11 (VNA) – General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi and President of the Prensa Latina (PL) news agency of Cuba Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta held talks in Hanoi on September 10 to review outcomes of the bilateral cooperation and discuss measures to strengthen their partnership in the future. The PL leader extended greetings to the VNA on its 74th founding anniversary and thanked the Vietnamese news agency for its effective support over the years. Without the support and assistance from the VNA, it would be hard for the PL to accomplish all tasks assigned in the context that Cuba is facing tightening economic embargoes, he stated. Realising the signed bilateral agreement, the two sides have provided each other with news, pictures and TV news in English, French and Spanish, while sending experts to work in each other’s office. The VNA-run Vietnam Pictorial has been printed and published in Cuba and the Latin American region. Lauding the exchange of news in Spanish between the two sides, the VNA leader affirmed that PL news is an important source for the VNA, especially in updating readers with information of Latin America and Venezuela. PL experts have worked effectively in the VNA in producing Spanish news and helping train young editors as well as printing and publishing the Vietnam Pictorial in Spanish for the Latin America region, he noted. PL reporters have actively covered news of Vietnam, while sending entries to the National Awards on News on External Affairs. A work on Vietnamese children by Mariela Venezuela Perez during her working in Vietnam won second prize of the award in 2018, while another by a reporter teams led by Alberto Salazar Gutierrez also won consolation prize, Loi highlighted. He said that the VNA always gives best support to PL reporters and experts in Vietnam. For his part, Luis Enrique Gonzalez Acosta said that the PL is willing to support the VNA by sending its experts to work in the VNA. After returning to their homeland, the PL experts said that they learnt a lot from the time in Vietnam. During the talks, the two sides agreed on a number of measures to strengthen their cooperation efficiency, including the increase of the publishing of the Spanish edition of the Vietnam Pictorial in the Latin America. This is also one of the major contents of a project to develop national press for foreign service of the VNA, which has been approved by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. The two sides concurred to increase news of activities held in each country on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam-Cuba diplomatic relations, highlighting the traditional friendship and solidarity between the two Parties, States and nations as well as prospects for bilateral partnership. They also discussed the organization of photo exhibitions on socio-economic situation, the image of the land and people of each country on this special occasion. Leaders of the two news agencies also sought measures to enhance their professional cooperation in the future, thus promoting the growth and prestige of each agency in the region and the world./.