BY BUTH REAKSMEY KONGKEA
The Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) has officially launched on August 27th in Phnom Penh in order to promote bilateral tie and cooperation, solidarity and friendship between the two countries. The official opening ceremony of Vietnam’s VOV Radio was inaugurated under the presidency of H.E. Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information of Cambodia at the Inter-Continental Hotel, participated by Cambodian government officials and Vietnamese media experts.
Mr. Vu Van Hien, Director General of the Voice of Vietnam Radio, said that it marked the first time as VOV Radio has officially opened its representative radio office in Cambodia to provide information between the two countries as well as from other countries for people in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
The Director General continued to say that the purpose of the VOV Radio establishment aims to report information from Cambodia to Vietnam as well as to promote cooperation and the tie of friendship, solidarity between the two countries in the future.
“We are very pleased to establish our VOV Radio representative office in Cambodia. The main objective of establishment for the VOV Radio office is to report information from Cambodia to Vietnam and to promote cooperation and the tie of friendship between our two countries in the future,” he said during opening speech at the opening ceremony of VOV office in Phnom Penh.
He pointed out that VOV Radio is one of the main leading media institutions of the state and Vietnamese government. Currently, VOV Radio has a total of 6 channels with over 200-hour quantity per day in Vietnamese language, 12 foreign media languages and other 12 ethnic languages inside and outside the country.
VOV Radio now has also been developing strongly via multi media publications with four types of media including: speaking newspapers, pictured newspapers, electronic media, and printed newspapers, he said, adding that currently, there are over 2,000 reporters working for VOV Radio in the world. And VOV Radio operating and broadcasting in seven counties including Bangkok (Thailand); Paris (France); Russia, Tokyo (Japan); China; Egypt, United States; and Laos.
Ngo Thi Hoa, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh, said that the VOV Radio office is very important for the relations between the two countries because it will report information from Cambodia to Vietnam. He added that this new office will help expand the reach of VOV Radio, which currently has three reporters and broadcasts in Svay Rieng, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces.
H.E. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Cambodia, appreciated and strongly supported with the establishment of VOV Radio office in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
“I think that this establishment of VOV Radio office is very important for Cambodians because it will provide useful information and knowledge for them so that they can be able to promote social developments and economic growth as well as poverty reduction in Cambodia,” he said. “On behalf of the Ministry of Information and the Royal Government of Cambodia, I strongly welcome and support with the establishment of VOV Radio office in Cambodia,” he added.
Since 1979, Vietnam has been helped the National Radio of Cambodia, AKP newspapers and other areas, he said, adding that currently, VOV Radio has provided FM radio machines for three Cambodia’s provincial radio stations in Svay Rieng, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk provinces in order to worldwide broadcast information in reaching all people in Cambodia.
According to the Ministry of Information’s report, there are over 500 media institutions including newspapers, magazines, electronic media, televisions and radios in Cambodia.