|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (centre) and General Director of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) Nguyen Duc Loi (left) at the 60th anniversary ceremony of the Vietnam Pictorial, a VNA publication. It has printed 670 editions since it launched in 1954, with approximately 50 million copies issued internationally. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Duc
HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnam Pictorial, a magazine published by the Vietnam News Agency, has contributed to the country's external relations and should continue its efforts to bring the land and people of Viet Nam closer to international readers, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said yesterday during the magazine's 60th anniversary celebration.
The magazine should promote Viet Nam as a safe destination for investors and international partners to explore development opportunities, he said. It should aim for global support of Viet Nam's efforts to alleviate poverty and battle climate change.
Dam said he hoped the pictorial's staff would step up cooperation with VNA reporters to make important contributions to the development of photography, as well.
VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi spoke with pride about the 70 reporters and editors working for the Vietnam Pictorial. Published in numerous foreign languages, it has played an important role in providing VNA news to foreign news services, he said.
The magazine needs to take on a more modern edge when redesigning its format and content, so it can spread information more effectively and persuasively, Loi said.
The Vietnam Pictorial has printed 670 editions since it launched in 1954, with approximately 50 million copies issued internationally highlighting the historical and cultural value of Viet Nam's 54 ethnic groups.
It comes in five periodical editions: the monthly print version in Vietnamese, English and Chinese; the bimonthly print version in Spanish and Laotian; the online version in Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Japanese and Laotian at vietnam.vnanet.vn; and Dep (Beauty) Magazine.
In February last year, VNA issued the Viet Nam-Korea Times, the first Korean language paper in Viet Nam.
The magazine received awards from the State, including the Independence Order, first, second, and third class in recognition of its contributions to promoting Viet Nam abroad.
During the ceremony, Dam and VNA leaders launched the online version of the pictorial in Khmer, its ninth language. — VNS