Laos, Thailand cooperate on mobile SIM card registration
VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) - Office of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand (NBTC) officially presented a mobile SIM card registration programme to Laos’ Ministry of Post and Telecommunications (MPT) on Monday in Vientiane.
The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Sonexay Siphandone, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Mr Prawit Wongsuwan and Laos’ Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Dr Thansamay Kommasith.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Dr Thansamay said that both sides originally signed a Memorandum of Understanding two years ago to cooperate in setting up the programme aimed at protecting the security of consumers and both nations.
MPT has agreed to continue in cooperating with NBTC in training, resolving frequency wave issues and exchanging lessons in technology management which Thailand has been developing especially in setting up the SIM card registration programme.
Dr Thansamay added MPT would carry on drawing up regulations related to decrees on SIM card registration and continue cooperation between the two nations in information and communication technology (ICT).
“Presenting the mobile registration programme from Thailand to Lao PDR is one part of cooperating in preventing security threats to the two countries such as terrorism, criminal gangs and human trafficking,” Mr Prawit said.
These threats came from technology; especially mobile phones, so mobile registration would help make it easier to check and analyse a person’s characteristics, he said.
Mr Prawit stressed ongoing cooperation between the two countries would be a part of future efforts to cope with terrorism, the illegal drug trade and organised crime.
Following the ceremony, Mr Prawit paid a courtesy visit to Laos’ Prime Minister, Thongloun Sisoulith at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr Thongloun praised Mr Prawit’s visit for enhancing cooperation between the two nations, especially in the fields of ICT and human resource development.
The Prime Minister also stressed for MPT to continue cooperation with Thailand’s NBTC to further develop the mobile registration programme.
Mr Prawit promised Mr Thongloun that Thailand would continue assisting Laos, particularly in ICT development to further enhance the two countries’ relations.
According to a Lao Ministry of Industry and Commerce report, exports from Laos to Thailand reached US$2 billion in 2016, while imports were US$2.59 billion.