Laos Deputy Prime Minister meets with Hanban delegation

[Source]    Confucius Institute at National University of Laos [Time]    2014-06-20 11:34:39 

Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad meeting with the delegation led by Director General of Hanban, Madam Xu Lin

On May 28, Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad, Deputy Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, met with the delegation led by Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, at the presidential palace.

Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat first expressed warm welcome to Director General Xu Lin, and then he said it is of great significance for the Lao people to learn Chinese in that China and Laos are neighboring countries. He praised the Confucius Institute at National University of Laos for its contributions to training a large number of talents for Laos and to arousing young Lao people’s interest in studying Chinese.

Afterwards, Deputy Prime Minister Somsavat held discussions with Director General Xu Lin over issues such as how to alleviate Laos’ critical shortage of Chinese-Lao translators and whether Chinese-Lao bilingual teaching should be introduced in Lao primary and secondary schools. In response to these questions, Madam Xu Lin replied that training classes for professional Chinese-Lao translators can be established to meet the dire need for translators through close cooperation with National University of Laos. She said that Hanban would organize relevant Chinese language proficiency tests for local Lao teachers at National University of Laos. For those who pass the tests and are qualified to be translators, Hanban will provide Laos with necessary financial help to retain them, and for those who fail to reach the standard, Hanban will help the top two teachers go to China to receive further training. As far as the bilingual teaching issue was concerned, Madam Xu Lin remarked that Laos could learn from the experience of countries like the US and France and set up bilingual courses from its elementary education. She added that Hanban would send Chinese language teachers to teach in Lao primary and secondary schools.

Chinese Ambassador to Laos Guan Huabing, Vice President of National University of Laos Lammai and Vice President of Guangxi University for Nationalities He Zhengping, etc. also attended the meeting.