At the signing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of NTPC, Mr. Olivier DIDRY emphasised the importance of the community radio for the community. He stated that “The Community Radio project will help the communities empower themselves, in line with the Sam Sang Policy. With their own words, people will be able to actively contribute to their development including health, education, gender equality and biodiversity conservation. Particularly, the community radio will be an excellent tool to support communities in addressing local challenges and promoting easier access to information for all.”
Mr. Bounhap Souligno, Deputy Director of Mass Media Department at MICT and Project Manager of the Community Radio Project said “he believes this new partnership will help us better support the communities in Nakai District, Khammouane Province through a new community radio that will establish local ownership and deliver important information to people including youth, women, ethnic groups, and those living in remote and rural areas.”
The UNDP Resident Representative, Ms. Ricarda Rieger expressed the importance of expanding partnership as it is one of the Sustainable Development Goals that the Government of Lao PDR endorsed with other UN members. She said that “NTPC is the first private sector partner in Lao PDR who agreed to provide generous financial support to the Community Radio Project in the establishment of a new Community Radio station”. Ms. Rieger also highlighted that “It is a testament to our long and successful relationship with MICT over many years – and hopefully into the future.”
Please read this press release in Lao here.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Aksonethip Somvorachit, Communications Analyst, UNDP Lao PDR
Telephone: 021 267 778