Scene at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Vietnamese press in Laos. (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA)
- An exhibition on the Vietnamese press opened in Laos’ capital city of Vientiane on April 8, gathering hundreds of visitors.

Many attendees said they were impressed with the comprehensive development and diversity of the media in Vietnam.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong said Vietnam’s media has grown substantially in both quality and quantity in recent years. Vietnam has 20,000 journalists, 858 newspapers, 66 radio and television stations, and thousands of websites offering news services.

The press has contributed significantly to national construction and external affairs, she said, adding that Vietnamese news agencies have covered a wide range of social, economic and political affairs in Laos, boosting mutual understanding and traditional ties between the two countries.

Savankhone Razmontry, Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, expressed his appreciation for support from the Vietnamese Ministry of Information and Communications in hosting training courses for Lao journalists and reporters.

Representatives of Vietnamese press agencies in Laos have been quick to produce articles on major events here, he noted.

The exhibition is scheduled to run through to May 10.-VNA