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Laos values Vietnamese media training assistance

Training in media management by Vietnamese institutes for Lao officials has led to improved performance in media organisations, with mistakes minimised.
Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Savankhone Razmountry, made the comment on Monday at the opening ceremony of a training course on media management at the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics’ Academy of Journalism and Communication in Hanoi.
The Vietnamese academy has run five media management training courses for core officials from Lao media outlets and organisations over the past year.
Mr Savankhone thanked the Vietnamese academy, its lecturers and members for their financial assistance and for sharing valuable knowledge and experience with Lao officials.
“After attending the training courses, Lao officials from central and local media organisations have broadened their knowledge and analytical skills,” the deputy minister said.
“This has been demonstrated by the fact that mistakes in newspapers, radio and television programmes have been minimised,” he added.
Mr Savankhone stressed that study tours by Lao media officials at various Vietnamese media organisations supported the fact that Vietnamese lecturers had the correct view of Laos.
He reminded those present about the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics’ status as a leading institute in political studies, where he studied four years ago.
The deputy minister said he was proud to have studied at the academy for five months, noting the sincerity and responsibility of the Vietnamese lecturers in passing on their knowledge and experience.
He remarked that the new two month media management training was a new milestone in Laos-Vietnam human resource development cooperation following an agreement reached by the Ho Chi Minh National Acad-emy of Politics (Ho Chi Minh NAP) and the Lao National Academy for Political Studies and Public Administration (NAPA) for 2019-2023.
A bilateral meeting held on August 12, which Ho Chi Minh NAP Deputy Director, Assoc. Prof Dr Nguyen Viet Thao, and NAPA Deputy Director, Mr Oubon Mahaxay presided over, agreed that Ho Chi Minh NAP’s Academy of Journalism and Communication and the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Institute of Mass Media, Culture and Tourism would organise the training.
“This training is a good way for Lao officials to learn from lecturers and to share the experiences of Lao and Vietnamese media personnel from central and local media organisations,” the deputy minister said.
“It will be a strong foundation for Lao media going forward, especially in this era of technology and innovation,” he added.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update October 16, 2019)

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