Vietnam ’s Ministry of Information and Communications will continue to implement a programme to train telecom technicians for Laos , Cambodia and Myanmar with funding provided by Japan .

An agreement on the second phase of the project, lasting from 2009-2011, was signed in Hanoi on Sept. 23 between the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

During the four-week courses, technicians from the three beneficiary nations will be taught skills needed to operate and maintain circuits and digital microwave transmission equipment, as well as general knowledge about Internet Protocol (IP) and Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies.

The Institute of Post and Telecommunications Technology under the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group will directly conduct the training courses.

The first phase of the programme was carried out from 2005 and has reaped practical results for the information technology-communications sectors of each of the three targeted countries./.