PHL, Vietnam communicators advancing ‘new era’ of information exchanges

A delegation from Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) of Vietnam on Tuesday met their Philippine counterparts in Malacanang to promote mutual understanding through a “new era” of communications. During the initial dialogue attended by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) officials ,Vietnam MIC’s Authority of Foreign Information Service director general Le Van Nghiem said they came to the Philippines to find ways and means in promoting understanding between Vietnam and the Philippines.

“Our mission of coming here for the first time is to promote mutual understanding between Vietnam and the Philippines through media to meet the requirement of a new era,” the AFIS top official said.

Nghiem said the promotion of mutual understanding between the two nations is necessary with the forthcoming Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Integration. “Vietnam and the Philippines are strategic partners and our cooperation has been developing towards a new level,” he said.

The AFIS top official said the Vietnamese people “know very little about the Philippines”, citing the lack of published news reports about the Philippines in the Vietnam newspapers.

“We have over 100 Vietnamese reporters around the world but none assigned in the Philippines,” he informed the PCOO officials.

He said it is time for the Philippines and Vietnam to move to a new level of communications to strengthen the two countries’ diplomatic relations established on July 12, 1976.