Delegates at the conference (Photo VGP)

Hanoi (VNA) –
More than 100 scientists, policy makers, researchers, lecturers and press experts from Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) were brought together at a workshop in Hanoi on November 1 to share experience in communicating public policy to promote social consensus in specific arenas such as healthcare and nuclear energy.

The panels emphasised on the crucial role of policy communication in creating social consensus and pointed out challenges in the field, especially in the era of information boom.

They said the application of modern technologies to build the e-government is a key solution to improving the efficiency of public policy, increasing the accountability of ministries and departments, and ensuring the public right of information access.

Director General of the Vietnam Government Portal Vi Quang Dao said the Government and the Prime Minister of Vietnam always pay due attention to communicating public policy with the consistent viewpoint of being open to the press.

All activities of the Government and State agencies must be public and transparent in order to build a facilitating and incorruptible Government to serve people and businesses, he added.

The RoK’s Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk said policy communicators are important and active contributors to promoting the two countries’ friendship and cooperation.

He noted that the bilateral relations have been thriving since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. The RoK is the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam with a total capital of over 50 billion USD, while Vietnam is the third largest trade partner of the RoK. Two-way trade in 2016 hit 45.1 billion USD, he added.

The international symposium was jointly organised by the Academy of Journalism and Communication, the Vietnam Government Portal, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).-VNA