Giving guidance talks to the management and reporters of the Lao News Agency (KPL) at its 50th anniversary celebration on wednesday, May 9, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith urged the agency to continue to play its role as the official news agency of the government in desseminating news and information in a qualitative and prompt manner.
Prime Minister Thongloun urged KPL to attach greater attention to developing its journalists ensuring they are competent and with good characertistics, uphold media ethics, and serve as an effective mouthpiece for the Party and government and have a certain level of foreign language profeciency.
The Lao News Agency must work hard to promote and strengthern cooperation and information exchange with news agencies of strategic friendly countries, as well as those ASEAN Community members, in the region and the world to get more cooperation, suport and experience, said Prime Minister Thongloun.
At the event, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Bosengkham Vongdara presented on behalf of the government Issara Medal First Class to the Lao News Agency in recognition of its achevements made over the past five decades and its contributions to the national liberation cause decades ago and to the national protection and development cause in the current era.
Prior to the medal award ceremony, KPL Director General Sounthone Khanthavong briefed the gathering also joined by former journalists and editors of KPL, editors of broadcast and print media organisations and relevant authorities about the history of the agency and its current state.
Lao News Agency, or Khaosan Pathet Lao (KPL) in Lao language, was established on January 6, 1968 in Viengsay, northern Houaphanh province. Its first director was Mr. Sisana Sisane.
Then, it was a small news agency, staffed with only a dozen of reporters and technicians. Their task was to collect, process and supply news to the Pathet Lao radio and the “Lao Haksat” newspaper, the mouthpieces of the revolutionary movement.
KPL has signed bilateral agreements with a number of national news agencies, including Xihua News Agency, Vietnam News Agency, Kyodo News Agency, Yonhap News Agency, among others, and is a member of the News Pool of Non-Aligned Countries.
Source: Lao News Agency