HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his wish that the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) would continue to serve as the country's primary news source during his visit yesterday in advance of the Tet holiday.
|Vietnam News Agency General Director Nguyen Duc Loi (second, right) introduces the agency's publications to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (third, right) during his visit yesterday ahead of the coming Tet holidays. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
On behalf of the 2,300-strong staff of VNA, general director Nguyen Duc Loi reported to the Party leader the agency's achievements in 2011.
Despite facing fierce competition from other domestic and international news outlets, VNA has made a significant effort to diversify its coverage and provide comprehensive information on a variety of subjects.
VNA has also fulfilled its task of co-ordinating with the leadership of the Party and the Government, disseminating information from government agencies and policy makers.
Trong acknowledged VNA's achievements and said that the country's media in general and VNA in particular have met the growing demand for news of the Party, Government and all sectors.
The Party leader asked each VNA staff member to continue to be responsible reporters. He suggested that VNA should create a long-term strategy and vision for staff training, should develop human resources and should pay increased attention to employee benefits.
Trong wished all the VNA staff a prosperous and healthy New Year.
On the same day, Trong also visited the Office of the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party. He thanked the staff members of the office for supporting the work of the central committee in providing directions for the country's socio-economic policies.
Trong stressed that the office is a critical organisation that consults the Party's Central Committee, the Politburo and the Secretariat. The office will play an important role in helping the country reach its socio-economic targets for 2012 in implementing the resolutions passed at the fourth plenum of the Party Central Committee.
Speaking at the gathering, Tran Quoc Vuong, chairman of the Party Central Committee Office, said that all members of the office would do their best to fulfil this role in 2012. The office contributed remarkably to the successful organisation of the 11th Party National Congress and the National Assebly and People's Councils at elections in 2011.
Also yesterday, Trong spread Tet wishes to leading scholars and scientists and visited three of the most notable in Ha Noi - musician Pham Tuyen, mathematician Professor Hoang Tuy, and poet Huu Thinh.
Trong said the Party and State appreciated their great contributions to the national development.
He noted that the country needed more of their efforts to achieve national industrialisation, modernisation and renewal of education-training and science-technology.
President Truong Tan Sang yesterday toured the two central provinces of Ha Tinh and Nghe An - and the High Command of Military Zone 4.
In Ha Tinh, Sang praised the province for overcoming challenges posed by the world's economic crisis and natural calamities to gain 11.7 per cent growth, the highest rate in recent years.
He reminded local authorities to pay special care to the underprivileged so that they could enjoy a happy Tet.
In Nghe An, Sang also recognised provincial efforts to sustain an economic growth rate higher than the national average despite being pounded by three typhoons with losses mounting to more than VND2 trillion (US$95.2 million) last year.
Speaking to the officers in the High Command of Military Zone 4, Sang urged them to stay vigilant and work with civilians and militia to safeguard the country. — VNS