Vietnamese and Cambodian delegates visit the Vietnam-funded radio station in Kampong Cham province (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – Phase I of a project on building nine FM radio and television broadcasting stations funded by the Vietnamese Government in Cambodia was inaugurated in Kampong Cham province on November 16.

The project aims to help Cambodia expand the radio and TV broadcasting coverage and improve broadcast quality. It is part of an agreement signed at the 14th meeting of the Vietnam-Cambodia Joint Committee on Economic, Cultural and Scientific-Technical Cooperation in October 2015. 

Two phases of the project, financed through Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV), are implemented in 2017 and 2018.

Under this project, four FM radio stations are built in the provinces of Kep, Tboung Khmum, Pursat and Kampong Chhnang. Meanwhile, five TV stations are located in some other provinces, including Svay Rieng and Kampong Cham.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith appreciated the Vietnamese Government’s practical assistance to his country in many spheres, including information and communications. The broadcasting stations sponsored by the Vietnamese Government have proved effective, contributing to socio-economic development in Cambodia.

[Vietnam aids Cambodia’s broadcasting sector]

Kampong Cham Governor Kui Chamroen also highly valued Vietnam’s continuous and unconditional support since the defeat of the Khmer Rounge, helping to improve Cambodian people’s living standards.

For his part, VOV General Director Nguyen The Ky said he hopes the Vietnamese-funded radio and TV stations, equipped with modern facilities, will help increase the broadcasting coverage and quality and promote Cambodia’s capacity of producing radio and TV programmes.

On November 15, VOV General Director Ky, who is also member of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, had a working session with Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Men Sam An and General Director of the national radio station of Cambodia Tan Sarat.-VNA