Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cambodia Trains on Journalism, Public Relations and Spokespersons

BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA

The Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction in collaboration with the Ministry of Information has conducted the Training on Journalism, Public Relation and Spokespeople for the officials of the Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction over five days from the 19th to the 23rd of July in Phnom Penh.

Forty-four officials from the ministry’s departments and offices in Phnom Penh and all provinces have attended the Training in aiming to improve their working skills and to learn to become professional media officers or spokespersons in the ministry.

H.E. Im Chhun Lim, Senior Minister, and Minister of The Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction, said that this is the first step of the Ministry’s achievement in conducting the Training on Journalism, Public Relation and Spokesperson for its relevant officials in Cambodia.

The purpose of the training was to build up the ministry officials’ capacity buildings and professionals on journalism, public relation, and spokesperson’s skills so that they can carry out their duties effectively and can deal with media groups relating to their daily works.

He said the Ministry of Land Management Urban Planning and Construction has been establishing its self over ten years and with its establishment the ministry had done lots of work and achieved relating to land managements, planning and construction in Cambodia. The ministry has established the land laws and also issued other land procedures and regulations for all land users in Cambodia.

“We hope that through this training our officials who have participated in it will be able to learn about new skills and will be able to work effectively between people and the staff in ministry and other people in disseminating information relating to the ministry’s work and its activities in the future,” he said.

He continued to say that providing or disseminating information or documents for people is important because it would let the people be well informed about the ministries and the government’s activities and policies in order that they can participate in the government work and developments in the country.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information and also Spokesman of the Royal Government of Cambodia, said that the spokespersons or media officers require the journalism skills and public relations skills necessary. He added that the training was useful for the government officials whom they are spokespersons, media officers and public relation officers so that they can improve their effective work in their ministries in the future.

He stated that currently most of Cambodia’s ministries or institutions’ media officers or communication officers have not performed their duties well because they were not known or not taught about these Skills. He added that to promote the capacity building for government ministries spokespersons and media officers, his ministry will continue to organize more training on Journalism, Public Relation and Spokesperson for the government officials in the future.

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