|At the signing ceremony between FPA and VJA
Dam informed them about socio-economic development in Vietnam, affirming that the country will spare no effort to improve the business climate, build synchronous infrastructure, and pay attention to environment protection and education reform.
He said the success of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Year 2017 and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week recently held in Vietnam proves the inevitable trend of economic connectivity, integration and trade freedom among economies.
The host also expressed wish to build a country of peace, stability and sustainable well-being.
Musy, for his part, said the FPA was founded in 1928 and based in Geneva, Switzerland with 120 member organisations. It gathers professional journalists of different nationalities covering the latest news about Switzerland, the United Nations and international organisations in Geneva.
He informed the host that the FPA and the Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA) signed a cooperation agreement for 2017-2018, under which both sides pledged to encourage its member units to increase the exchange of delegations and offer mutual support in information sharing.
The same day, FPA and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) held a workshop to increase Vietnam-Switzerland press exchange.
VNA Deputy General Director Le Quoc Minh briefed guests about VNA’s role and mission, saying that VNA is the only news agency in Vietnam to have a 2,500-member staff, including nearly 1,200 journalists. It has set up representative offices in all 63 cities and provinces nationwide and 30 others overseas. VNA has issued nearly 60 publications in all forms and joined major press networks in the region and the world and partnered with around 40 international press agencies and outlets.
He expressed wish to increase partnership with foreign press agencies, including the FPA, to improve the delivery of external news.
Musy said in order to make Asian and Vietnamese news attractive to European readers, they should be more general and written in reader-friendly style. He suggested holding more cultural events to make both sides closer.
In the afternoon the same day, the VJA held talks and signed a cooperation agreement for 2017-2018 with the FPA.
VJA Chairman Thuan Huu updated the guests about press activities in Vietnam, adding that VJA expanded partnerships with foreign press agencies from China, the Republic of Korea and ASEAN member states.
The FPA President wished to welcome more VJA delegations to Switzerland in the near future.
The FPA delegation is in Vietnam from November 27 – December 3.