Hanoi, Vietnam: The Lao Journalists’ Association (LJA) and Vietnam Journalists’ Association (VJA) yesterday agreed to tighten their cooperation through more discussions and training sessions.
The two sides agreed to boost ties during a visit by a Lao delegation in which 11 members of the LJA, led by its President and Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr. Savankhone Razmountry yesterday visited the headquarters of the VJA in Hanoi.
The visit is taking place from October 16 to 21, during which the Lao delegation will visit media outlets and tourist landmarks in Hanoi and BinhThuan province in southern Vietnam.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Savankhone said “Our visit is to exchange lessons learnt by our associations and to discuss how we can both improve our work, while our mission is also to develop our country.”
Mr. Savankhone agreed on the way forward with the First Vice President of the VJA, Mr. Ho QuangLoi, promising to enhance both sides’ cooperation towards developing journalism in Laos. He admired the strong leadership shown by the VJA in managing and coordinating activities between central and local areas, and the association’s working cooperation on the ASEAN stage.
Mr. Savankhone asked the VJA to help his association run training courses for 10 to 15 Lao journalists in both Laos and Vietnam during 2017-18, to broaden the knowledge of Lao journalists on important topics such as climate change and environmental issues.
Mr. Ho QuangLoi agreed with the proposal and said he would look into the details of running such courses.
“The situation in the world is changing but the cooperation between our countries continues and is moving forward,” he added.
The VJA has a membership of over 235,000 journalists from 90 media organisations and comprises 11 management units.
After the meeting both sides exchanged gifts.
Also yesterday, the Lao delegation visited the offices of the Voice of Vietnam and joined a city tour. This morning, they will visit the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and Congsan Magazine before travelling to Ho Chi Minh City.
Source: Vientiane Times