MICT should work even harder

Published on July 1, 2013

MICT should work even harder to ensure effective implementation of the resolution of the 9th Party Congress and the 7th five-year NSDP

INTRO: Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly who is in charge of social and cultural affairs, congratulated the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on its achievements in the past two years. By contrast, despite their success, he urged ministry officials should work even harder to ensure effective implementation of the resolution of the 9th Party Congress and the 7th five-year National Socio-economic Development Plan.

STORY: Deputy Prime Minister Asang Laoly who is in charge of social and cultural affairs, made the comment during a meeting with core ministry officials at the National Culture Hall in Vientiane. The meeting was held to guide officials in the implementation of the resolution of the 9th Party Congress over the next two years.

He said, the ministry plays an important role in helping locals and foreigners to understand the policies of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and the laws of Laos so they can comply with them. The ministry also plays a significant role in promoting Laos’ fine culture and developing the tourism industry in a bid to attract more visitors, which will generate revenue for poverty reduction programs.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Asang who is also a Politburo member, said media outlets should provide the public with more information on science and technology so they could use modern methods to boost productivity and improve their living standards. He said, the media should also encourage young people to preserve the traditional Lao culture and lifestyle.

He also advised the information sector to train up good quality officials by encouraging them to study overseas to acquire more experience. He also paid tribute to those involved in bringing the award for World’s Best Tourist Destination to Laos for 2013 from the European Council on Tourism and Trade. But he said the tourism sector shouldn’t get carried away with its success because it will be difficult to retain the award next year. He said officials must work extra hard if they want to win it a second time. Another important aspect of his advice concerned nationwide tourism resource development, with the aim of driving visitor numbers up even further.

On the same occasion, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr. Bosengkham Vongdara reported on achievements following on from the 9th Party Congress and, in particular, work accomplished during the current five year socio-economic development plan.

His report noted that since 2010 the information sector has expanded through both print and electronic media. Traditional culture has been promoted and preserved and is keeping the country’s history and traditions alive for future generations.

The report also described the great improvements in the tourism sector, which now has firm guidelines in place to manage its activities. As a result, he believes many tourists have been encouraged to visit Laos.

Source: LNTV Lao News broadcast on June 27, 2013