Lancang-Mekong media officials and journalists met in Kunming, Yunnan Province of China to promote exchanges and cooperation.
The seminar saw the participation of media officials and journalists from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. It is being hosted by Yunnan Daily Press Group from Jun 11-19, 2018.
The first seminar for media officials and journalists from Mekong countries is sponsored by the Yunnan Provincial Department of International Cooperation, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television.
The programme will strengthen the interaction among media in participating countries in terms of news sharing, information integration and business exchanges, thus enhancing mutual understanding and generating greater consensus, said Ms Li Qian, Deputy Head, Publicity Department of the Yunnan Provincial Committee.
With the advancement of the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation mechanism, Yunnan province will exert its advantages to play an important role in the process, providing more conveniences and creating more opportunities for win-win cooperation and common development in the Lancang-Mekong region, said Ms Li Qian.
Friendship, which derives from close contact between the peoples, holds the key to sound state-to-state relations. With the growing contacts between Yunnan province and the countries in the Mekong River Basin, the media are playing an increasingly important role in promoting the cultural and people-to-people exchanges among Lancang-Mekong countries, said Ms Li Qian.
17 media officials and journalists from the Mekong countries came to Yunnan, setting a new milestone in our exchange and cooperation. At the new start, we can feel the new mission brought by new exploration and the new opportunities bred by new cooperation, said Mr Yang Run, Chief Editor of Yunnan Daily Press Group.
Recent years also saw the rise of exchanges and cooperation between Yunnan and the Mekong countries. The media are not only recorders and communicators of the LM cooperation, but also participants and builders of the cooperative mechanism, said Mr Yang Run.
Yunnan Daily Press Group also undertakes the publication of four periodicals, namely The Mingalar (in Burmese and published in Myanmar), The Mekong (in Thai and published in Thailand), The Champa (in Lao and published in Laos) and The Khmer (in Cambodian and published in Cambodia), all of which are supervised and sponsored by The State Council Information Office of the PRC and The Information Office of People’s Government of Yunnan Province, said Mr Yang Run.
Meanwhile, The Group runs the six-language web-portal (yunnangateway.com) and opened an account named Amazing Yunnan on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, presenting Yunnan to the world and to the Mekong friends in particular, he added.
We believe the seminar for media officials and journalists from Mekong countries will build a platform for exchanges and cooperation between media from China and Mekong countries, said Mr Long Seng, Deputy Director of Administration and Finance, Ministry of Information, Cambodia.
During the training sessions, participants will be given lectures on international cooperation and communication practiced by mainstream media of China, Yunnan’s role in the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, new media development in China and application of new media technology.
The participants will also participate in exchange programmes during their visit to Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan and Lincang, a city in the west southwest of the province and attend the 5th China South Asia Expo which will be held on Jun 14-20.
Source: Lao News Agency