The handover ceremony (Source: VNA)
Vientiane (VNA) – A radio and television station in Laos’s Udomsay province worth nearly 108 billion VND funded by Vietnam was handed over to the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism at a ceremony in the locality on November 30.

The project was constructed by Vietnam Television (VTV) using the Vietnamese Government’s non-refundable capital for Laos. It is one of the projects implemented as part of an agreement on cooperation in economy, culture, education and sci-technology between the two countries.

The station was equipped with advanced technologies appropriate for the development plan of Laos’s national broadcasting network, and the broadcasting development roadmap within ASEAN.

It includes technical equipment and basic infrastructure, designed to meet the incorporated development of many broadcasting systems in the future. A two-storey building for the station’s staff with a total area of 540 sq.m, and other facilities were also included.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Savankhone Ratsamotry highlighted the importance of the project, saying that it benefits Udomsay province and also Laos’ northern region.

The station is hoped to help expand coverage of Laos’ northern localities, thus promoting dissemination of the Lao Party and State’s policies, laws and socio-economic plans to the Lao people, contributing to enhancing bilateral links between the two sides’ information and communications sectors, he stressed.

In his speech, Governor of Udomsay province Phetsakhone Luangaphay thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their assistance.

Previously, on November 29, Lao Minister of Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdala and General Director of the VTV Tran Binh Minh signed delivery minutes for the project at a ceremony in Vientiane.

On the occasion, VTV was honoured with the Freedom Order – third class, while several units and individuals of VTV were presented with Labour Orders, first and second class  of the Lao State, for their efforts in polpularising culture and tourism and contributing to promoting the friendship between the two Parties, States and people./.