October 7, 2008

Vietnam, Laos Boost Cooperation in Post, Telecommunications

Text of report in English by state-run Vietnamese news agency VNA website

[Unattributed article from the "Politics" page: "Vietnam, Laos strengthen cooperation in post-telecom sector"]

Vientiane (VNA) - Vietnam and Laos have signed a bilateral cooperation agreement in the post and telecommunication sector following discussions between Vietnamese Minister of Information and Communication Le Doan Hop and Minister of the Lao National Post and Telecom Agency Khamlouad Sidlakone in Vientiane on October 6.

Under the terms of the deal, the two sides will strengthen their exchange of experiences and ideas on creating postal and telecommunication development policies and strategies as well as new laws and regulations regarding this sector.

Vietnam and Laos will also cooperate in developing human resources and joint projects in the sector as well as encouraging long-term investment and cooperation in providing postal and telecom equipment and services.

They agreed to establish a Vietnam-Lao postal and telecom task force including representatives from the two countries' relevant agencies.

On the same day, Minister Hop held talks with the Lao Minister of Information and Culture, Mounkeo Oraboun.

The two sides agreed to further strengthen cooperation, especially in the exchange of delegations of high-ranking officials, reporters and editors. The Vietnamese side said it will place priority on the training of Lao officials and reporters, including short-term courses in broadcasting and publishing.

The two sides reached an agreement on building and developing their communication network infrastructure and exploiting Vietnam's VINASAT 1.

Vietnam will also help Laos create a strategy to develop their radio and television industries between now and 2015.

The two ministers signed an agreement on contents of cooperation between the two ministries in the 2009-2010 period.

The Vietnamese delegation will conclude its four-day visit to Lao on October 8.

Originally published by VNA news agency website, Hanoi, in English 6 Oct 08.

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