Keynote speech by Comrade Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoun,
Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee Secretariat member,
and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Propaganda and Training Board at Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Media Summit

(Vientiane 02/07/2018)
Your Excellency Comrade Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee member and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Publicity Department
Your Excellency Professor Dr BosengkhamVongdara, Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee member and Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism;
Your Excellency Tuo Zhen Editor in Chief of China People’s Daily Management Board
Your Excellency Li Jinzao Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, People’s Republic of China.
Distinguished representatives of media agencies from Mekong-Lancang countries, guests, conference organizing committee members, and all participating media personnel;
I am delighted and honored to represent the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party’s Central Committee and the Party’s Propaganda and Training Board at this opening ceremony of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Media Summit.
This conference is very significant as it provides a cooperative forum designed to lead brainstorming and create understanding among the six countries within the Mekong-Lancang cooperation framework. These efforts aim to continue the translation of the previous conference’s resolutions adopted since the first meeting under the Mekong-Lancang cooperation framework which took place in Sanya, Hainan, People’s Republic of China on March 23, 2016.
On this special occasion, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Comrade Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Head of the Party Central Committee’s Publicity Department, high level Chinese delegations, and high level media delegations from the six Mekong-Lancang countries who are attending this summit, which is jointly hosted by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and the China People’s Daily in Vientiane.

On behalf of the Party’s Propaganda and Training Board, I highly evaluate the outcomes of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Media Summit which took place in Beijing last year. I would also like to express my support for the discussion forum on media cooperation among the six countries, which sets common goals and objectives as part of efforts to contribute to and promote socio-economic development in the region, build shared prosperity, peace and friendship, and create mutual understanding in accordance with the spirit of the One Belt, One Road initiative and the ongoing Mekong-Lancang cooperation project.
As we are aware, since the establishment of the Asean-China dialogue partnership in 1991, the two dialogue partners have strengthened political trust and cooperation in economic and socio-cultural areas and exchanged lesson in different sectors. As a result, Asean-China and China-Asean cooperation has advanced and developed gradually, particularly in regional media cooperation. This has led to the upgrade and enhancement of the media’s role in cooperating, sharing and disseminating information. This development is in line with Party and government policy, which views the media as an important organization. The Party and Lao government support and promote development of the media so it gradually becomes more proficient. This aims to ensure that the Lao media incorporates more technology and can integrate more closely with the region and the world.
Therefore, this summit, which is being held under the theme “Mekong-Lancang cooperation for a bright future” is considered a response and support to the implementation of the One Belt, One Road Initiative, which was introduced by the People’s Republic of China at the Asean-China Information Ministerial Conference, which was held on November 22, 2017, in Suzhou, People’s Republic of China and at the first Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Media Summit, which was held on December 20, 2017 in Beijing.
Once again, on behalf of the Party and state, the Lao people and the peoples of the six Mekong-Lancang countries, I would like to express my ambition to see the media of all six countries vigorously fulfill their role and duty as vital voices to communicate and disseminate information comprehensively, accurately, objectively, justly, constructively and unanimously.
I also hope to see the regional media helping each other wholeheartedly as a family, to create mutual understanding and trust among the people of this region. The media should also report news about good relationships, reciprocal visits by our people, and economic, commercial and investment cooperation and sustainable and community-based tourism.
This will make a significant contribution to the creation of peace and friendship, which will create favourable conditions for each country to develop, and become prosperous, civilized and sustainable.
On this meaningful occasion, I would like to thank honoured guests, high level media delegates, and media personnel who actively participated in organizing this historic conference.
I wish all of you happiness and good health and hope that you will contribute your wisdom to ensure the success of this conference.
Last but not least, I wish the conference every success.
Thank You