Prasad to inaugurate AIBD broadcasting conference

NEW DELHI: The second general conference of Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting Development (AIBD) would be held in New Delhi from 22 to 25 July 2003.

India's minister of information and broadcasting Ravi Shankar Prasad would inaugurate the conference and deliver the keynote address. The associate meetings of AIBD, however, would start on Monday, 21 July 2003.

Messages from the UN secretary general Kofi Annan and UNESCO director general Koichiro Matsura would also be read on the occasion.

About 75 delegates from the countries in the Asia-Pacific region and representatives from several organisations like UNESCO, UN-ESCAP and Commonwealth Broadcasting Association would be attending.

Besides these, the affiliate members like Russian State TV and Radio Broadcasting Company, National TV and Radio Corporation of Kyrgizstan, Khabar Broadcasting Agency of Kazakhstan, Prix Jeunesse International, Germany, Deutsche Welle Radio Training Centre, Germany, Young Asia Television, Sri Lanka, Radio France International and Trans TV, Indonesia would also be attending.

On 21 July, the AIBD board executive would hold its daylong meetings. The AIBD Sub-Group on Radio would also hold discussions. The agenda on other meetings would include the AIBD Strategic Plan, Strategic Approach in Broadcast Management in the Asia-Pacific Region. Asia-Pacific Europe Partnership Committee would also meet during the conference.

The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development with its headquarters at Kuala Lumpur is a unique regional inter-governmental organisation servicing countries of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development.

The paramount aim of the Institute is to achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in the Asia Pacific region through policy and resource development.

The institute was established with the objective to assist countries, which are members of the institute, to improve the professional capability of their broadcasting systems through systematic training and research programmes, consistent with their national development.

Towards these objectives, the institute organises training courses, seminars and study courses for broadcasting personnel of member countries, both at regional and national levels, specifically designed to develop professional capabilities; undertakes research and comparative studies on broadcasting problems, provides advisory and consultancy services to member countries.

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