Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on March 14 called on Vietnam to help Cambodia
complete a national cyber information safety monitoring centre in 2019, saying
it is very essential to the country.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) and Vietnamese Minister of Information and
Communications Nguyen Manh Hung
PM Hun Sen made the proposal at a reception in Phnom Penh for Vietnamese
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung, who has been on a
visit to Cambodia from March 13-16.
Hung said the 5 million USD centre is a gift presented to Cambodia by Vietnamese
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed cyber security and the fight against
Hung briefed the Cambodian leader on the contents of his ministry’s cooperation
with Cambodia’s Ministries of Information, and Posts and Telecommunications.
He voiced his hope that the PM will maintain support for Vietnamese technology
and telecom enterprises which are investing in the country such as military-run
telecom group Viettel, Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) and FPT
The minister also proposed Cambodia to create favourable conditions for other
Vietnamese enterprises to participate in projects regarding IT application in
state and government agencies, as well as e-Government, smart city and
infrastructure upgrade, and provision of new services to better meet Cambodians’
demand for information exchanges.
During his four-day visit to Cambodia, Minister Hung and Cambodia’s Minister of
Information Khieu Kanharith signed a cooperation plan and an action programme
between the two ministries in 2019.
Minister Hung told Minister Khieu Kanharith during their talks on March 14 that
his visit aims to realise agreements signed between the two countries after the
visit to Cambodia by Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong on
Minister Khieu Kanharith thanked the special support of Vietnamese media
including the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Voice of Vietnam (VOV), and Vietnam
Television (VTV) for disseminating the significant meaning of the 40th
anniversary of victory over the Pol Pot genocidal regime (January 7, 1979).
He said major Vietnamese communication agencies not only help Cambodia with
equipment but also human resources training.
Regarding cooperation between the two ministries, Hung wanted the Cambodian
ministry to participate in researching and building an e-newspaper legal deposit
centre in the two countries as it is a necessary tool to manage electronic
newspaper and online information.
He showed his continued support for the use of the Vietnamese Government’s ODA
for projects to expand networks and increase the capacity of Cambodia’s national
televisions and radios, and train skills and professional competence for its
He also pledged to coordinate with the Cambodian ministry to hold training
courses to help prevent cybercrime as well as the spread of inaccurate
The Vietnamese side suggested Cambodia increase the timing of the Vietnamese
language radiobroadcasting proramme from 15 minutes to 30 minutes a day in Phnom
Penh and six Cambodian provinces which accommodate a large number of
Vietnam also urged Cambodia to help air VOV programmes in the Khmer language in
Siem Reap and Tonle Sap Lake for at least three hours per day.
The two ministries agreed to further instruct Vietnamese and Cambodian media
agencies increase news stories on socio-economic situation, land and people of
the two countries in order to intensify mutual understanding, solidarity and
friendship between their people.
Minister Hung thanked the Cambodian Ministry of Information for its close and
effective cooperation in supporting and creating conditions for Vietnamese
reporters to fulfill their tasks in Cambodia.-VNA