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Government backs VNA-Kyodo joint collaboration

Update: November, 05/2013 - 09:00
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives President and Editor-in-Chief of Kyodo News Masaki Fukuyama (L) in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam

HA NOI  (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated that the Government supports co-operation between the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Kyodo News Agency as a means to deepen the productive and practical Viet Nam–Japan strategic partnership.

Receiving President and Editor-in-Chief of Kyodo News Masaki Fukuyama in Ha Noi yesterday, PM Dung hailed the VNA-Kyodo co-operation over the past 30 years, saying that it had deepened the friendship between the two nations.

Potential for bilateral co-operation remains huge, especially in economics, trade and investment, as Japan is now Viet Nam's biggest investor and supplier of official development assistance as well as the country's top trade partner, according to the PM.

Viet Nam wishes to boost ties with Japan across diverse domains for mutual benefit, the host stressed. He also suggested VNA and Kyodo share further information and experience and make training available to more reporters and editors.

VNA Director General Nguyen Duc Loi (R) and President and Editor-in-Chief of Kyodo News Masaki Fukuyama pledged to work more closely together in multimedia, including television news, and facilitate more high-level visits and sharing of professional skills, especially foreign languages.—VNA/VNS Photo

Fukuyama said his visit aimed to further relations with VNA, especially in the exchange of information, so that Vietnamese and Japanese people could have a better understanding of one another.

The guest emphasised that the Japanese government and people paid special attention to co-operation with Vietnam, adding that Kyodo would do all it could to inform the population about the friendship and links between the two nations.

At earlier talks with VNA Director General Nguyen Duc Loi, both sides reviewed how their co-operation deals had panned out, including the exchange of all-level delegations, news and photos, personnel training and multimedia development.

Both sides pledged to work more closely together in multimedia, including television news, and facilitate more high-level visits and sharing of professional skills, especially foreign languages.

In the near future, VNA wants to learn about Kyodo's organisation model and news production.

VNA and Kyodo established co-operation in the late 1980s and the resulting fruitful links have been hailed by both nations' leaders. Besides professional co-operation, they have worked closely together at organisations and forums in which they are members.

They have been elected as members of the Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA) executive board for the 2013-2016 tenure. — VNS

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