At the hand-over ceremony (Photo: VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on November 23 presented technical equipment as gifts to its Lao counterpart KPL.

The hand-over ceremony was held at the KPL’s new headquarters in Vientiane, in the presence of Lao Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Savankhon Rasamunti, and representatives of the two agencies, among others.

In his remarks, VNA Deputy General Director Dinh Dang Quang highlighted mutual support between the two agencies over the past half century.

The diverse cooperation, ranging from information and delegation exchange to professional training and technical support between the two agencies, has contributed to developing and consolidating the Vietnam-Laos relations, he said.

The VNA has provided equipment and machines for its Lao counterpart, helping the KPL meet requirements set for a national news agency in the digital era, he said, stressing the VNA’s assistance to the KPL in upgrading its information system and building a website in Lao, English and French languages.

Apart from setting up an internet system, the VNA has also helped the Lao agency build a modern studio under its project on supplying equipment to the KPL’s new headquarters, according to Quang.  

The project has significantly contributed to improving operational quality of the KPL, thus consolidating and enhancing cooperation and special friendship between the two agencies in particular, and the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the Vietnamese and Lao Parties, States and people in general, he noted.

Addressing the ceremony, KPL General Director Sounthone Khanthavong recalled the VNA’s support to his agency in personnel training and equipment over the past half century.  

The KPL will use the gift, especially the studio, effectively in order to cover activities of Lao Party and State leaders and promote the time-honoured friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, he said.

Sounthon Khanthavong echoed Quang’s views that the two agencies should work as a bridge that helps cultivate and preserve the Vietnam-Laos relationship.

He used the occasion to thank the valuable support of the Vietnamese Party, State and people, particularly the VNA, to Lao people and the KPL in particular.-VNA