Ministry needs to strive further in cooperation efforts
Despite the significant achievements which have been made in international cooperation, the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism needs to exert greater efforts in furthering its diplomatic endeavours.
This was the call made at a meeting of the ministry held last Friday to review its activities in international cooperation over the past year, and disseminate the plan for this year.
As Laos was the chair of Asean in 2016, the most important responsibility of the ministry was hosting the 15th Asean Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Council meeting, where three important documents were endorsed, which were also signed by Asean leaders at the 28th and 29th Asean Summits.
They were the Vientiane Declaration on Transition from Informal Employment to Formal Employment towards Decent Work Promotion in Asean, Asean Declaration on Strengthening Education for Out-of-School Children and Youth, and Asean Declaration on One Asean One Response: Asean Responding to Disasters as one in the Region and Outside the Region.
Another success of the ministry was hosting the Asean Ecotourism Forum, which endorsed the Pakxe Declaration on the Asean Roadmap for Strategic Development of Ecotourism Clusters and Tourism Corridors, which was adopted by the Asean Tourism Ministers.
The Asean Tourism Ministers have also recognised the standards of Asean Sustainable Tourism, which have been proposed by Laos.
Speaking at the meeting held in Vientiane, Deputy Minister of Information and Tourism, Mr Savankhone Razmountry noted the efforts of the sector, which has sought assistance and cooperation from friendly countries and international organisations in bilateral and multilateral cooperation activities, and facilitated the attendance of the ministry's staff at workshops and study tours abroad.
The cooperation was a good opportunity for the Lao staff to gain new knowledge in their field and accompanied the success of the cooperation activities.
Meanwhile, Mr Savankhone also noted some shortcomings in the work of the ministry. These are related to the implementation of the agreements, programmes, and activities in the foreign cooperation frameworks of some units, which were not deepened in terms of mobilising financial assistance.
The deputy minister stressed that the ministry's staff need to increase their efforts in order to make more gains from cooperation, through being well-prepared for all international workshops and seminars in order to harvest more benefits from participation.
Introducing the achievements made in international cooperation, the ministry's Department of International Cooperation Director General, Mr Bounleuan Boupha called on the ministry's staff to improve their foreign language skills, especially their English and ICT skills, which he said would help them to perform better and make greater gains from their overseas trips.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 20, 2017)