Making news

Vietnamese, Cambodian news agencies look to boost ties

The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) pledges to support Cambodia’s news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse (AKP) and other agencies of the Cambodian Ministry of Information in personnel training, said VNA Deputy General Director Le Quoc Minh on December 12.

In a meeting with Cambodian Information Minister Khieu Kanharith in Phnom Penh during his working visit to Cambodia from December 11-14, Minh said training programmes will focus on designing, producing news on mobile devices, electronic newspapers and data press.

He expressed his hope that the Cambodian government and ministry will continue to support the two news agencies to expand their cooperation, and facilitate the operation of the VNA’s office in Cambodia.

Kanharith spoke highly of the effective cooperation between the VNA and the AKP in recent times, saying he hopes Cambodia’s press agencies will have more articles on Vietnam’s land and people.

The radio Voice Cambodia is running a 10-minute daily news broadcast in the Vietnamese language, and this is planned to increase to 30 minutes in the coming time, he said. 

Kanharith called on the VNA to help Cambodia improve the quality of print publications, especially the quality of images on the magazine of the Cambodian Ministry of Information, thus promoting the country’s image to international friends, especially when Cambodia hosts the SEA Games in 2023.

Earlier, Minh held talks with AKP Deputy General Director Sok Mom Nimul, during which he affirmed that the VNA will continue to collect and provide file photos for AKP, especially those related to the initial development of the Cambodia’s news agency after 1979.

The VNA official appreciated Nimul’s idea for training cooperation and professional exchange between the two agencies.

After their talks, the two sides signed a document which will serve as a foundation for implementing VNA - AKP cooperation programmes in the future.

In his working session on December 13 with Vice Governor of Siem Reap province Neak Neron, and officials from the provincial Department of Information, Tourism and Investment, Minh affirmed that the VNA is willing to cooperate with Siem Reap’s authorities and AKP’s correspondents to support the locality’s tourism promotion.