Foreign media register to cover Asean meetings in Laos
About 400 foreign media personnel from 71 media organisations from around the world have registered to cover the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting (49th AMM) and related meetings to be held in Vientiane from July 21-26.
The ICTC in Vientiane will be the venue for Foreign Media Centre during the 49th Asean Foreign Ministers' Meeting to be held from July 21-26.
The highest recorded number of foreign media was from Japan, followed by the Republic of Korea, China and other Asean member countries.
Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affair's Press Department MrBounnemeChouanghonm told Vientiane Times on Thursday that “We are open to all foreign media who wish to cover our meetings without any restriction.”
Major media organisations including AP and Reuters have already registered to cover the events in Laos.
Laos estimated that 500 foreign media personnel will come to cover the 49th AMM as some journalists will come to Laos with their delegations.
The date for foreign media registration opened on June 14 and will close on July 17.
Apart from the 49th AMM, the other related meetings will include the Post Ministerial Conference, the 17th AseanPlus Three Foreign Ministers' Meeting, the 6th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the 23rd Asean Regional Forum.
All these meetings will be held at the National Convention Centre in Vientiane but the Foreign Media Centre (FMC) is located at the International Cooperation and Training Centre (ICTC).
MrBounneme said local media will also be arranged at the ICTC with various facilities including a refreshment area and booths offering currency exchange and selling telephone cards.
The media centre will also be equipped with a registration and information desk, internet accessible PCs, internet connections for laptops, host signal area, satellite transmission area and media booths.
The Registration and Information Desk delivers Press IDs and pool passes, handles other requests about interviews and, information on media activities, facilities and services and latest press releases will be available here.
Media members should check the information desk for updates regularly.
Buses will be arranged for media to commute between the National Convention Centre and the International Cooperation and Training Centre over the distance of 500m.
According to the Press Department, the number of foreign media personnel to Laos will double when Laos hosts the 28th and 29th Asean Summits which will be held back-to-back in Vientiane in September.
The number of foreign media personnel during the Asean Summits is estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,500. Registration for foreign media to cover the summits will open after the 49th AMM.
The Asean Summits in Laos will see the attendance of global leaders including President Barack Obama who will be the first US president to visit Laos.
The summits will not only help to further strengthen regional cooperation but also enhance the profile of Laos in the international arena.
Asean was established in 1967 and comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
(Latest Update July 15, 2016)