Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese-funded radio and television broadcasting station was put into operation in Laos’ central province of Savannakhet on December 25 after three years of construction.

The 10,000-square-metre facility was built at a total cost of nearly 115 billion VND (4.9 million USD) sourced from the Vietnamese government’s non-refundable aid. It comprises a 135m-high antenna pole, working offices, and TV and radio broadcasting systems.

The project is one of the key cooperation activities between Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Savankhone Lazamunti said that the station helps increase radio and TV broadcast coverage in central Laos so that local residents are able to get a deep insight into the Party’s guidelines and the State’s regulations.

Also, it will make contributions to developing the special relations between the two nations, he said, expressing his gratitude for the Vietnamese Party, State and people for supporting Laos in the past years.

This is the fourth broadcasting station in Laos sponsored by the Vietnamese Government, following three in Champassak province in the south, and Luang Prabang and Udomxay provinces in the north.-VNA