Mr. Phosy Keomanivong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism, welcomed AIBD delegation on July 19 at the Ministerial office in Vientiane. The delegation was led by Ms Philomena Gnanapragasam, Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AlBD).
The Asia Media Summit 2023 and other potential conferences were discussed at meetings held at the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lao PDR government had planned to host the AIBD General Conference in 2020 and 2022.
H.E. Phosy Keomanivong stated that AIBD has been a fantastic partner to Lao Public Broadcasting Organizations and has always supported the Lao media journalists by providing them with useful training workshops and opportunities to network with international media. He emphasised that highlighting the efforts made by the government and the media during the pandemic through events like AMS and GC would be a great idea.
In addition, the Vice Minister H.E. Phosy suggested that AIBD travel to the ancient city of Luang Prabang and meet with local authorities to discuss the logistics of a potential excursion sites and to do recce for the conference venue.