ABU is a non-profit, non-governmental professional association to assist the development of the broadcasting organization of Asia and Pacific region. The 54 general assembly of was organized in the beautiful city of the People’s Republic of China, Chengdu on 30th October to 5th of Nov. 2017 with the mail slogan of “Media in Times of Uncertainty”. The 54th General Assembly was focused on the strategies to ensure the leading role of the broadcast media in future services for information, education and entertainment of nations and around the globe.
Ms. Lui Yanfong, Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Inaugurated the general assembly. During her inaugural speech she told that the role of media is to improve the well-being of mankind and to encourage the harmonious co-existence among various civilizations.
ACORAB is one of the associate members of ABU. ACORAB’s representatives participated in the ABU general assembly and shared the innovative learnings. 10 Member delegates of ACORAB under the leadership of President Subas Khatiwada participated in the 54th general assembly. The delegates participated in various plenaries and breakout sessions as well as side line meetings.
The members of the team of delegates participated on “Media Cooperation Driven by Information Connectivity Under the Belt and Road initiative” session and shared the potential roles that community radios can play for the success of Belt and road initiative. They highlighted on the potential of community radios to expand the belt and road initiative in Nepal, India and Tibet. Likewise, the members of the delegates shared their views on super panel “Content and Service for Diverse Audiences and National Development: Go Local. They shared the learning from the community journalism project, which have been implementing by AOCRAB. They also shared how the takeover radio programs empowered girls to ask the questions to the leaders. In takeover program, 300 non-journalists’ girls and boys took the interview of 900 leaders in the community radio studios. The community journalism is new concept to involve the audiences in content development or information collection process. Community journalism found excessive success to bring the most marginalized community members’ voices in the community radios. In this journalism, the young girls and boys have given journalistic training and linked to community radios.
600 Broadcasters’ of more than 60 countries have participated in this ABU general assembly. Apart from the regular plenary and break out sessions and side line meetings; cultural programs and tour at Panda Breeding research center and 2200 years old irrigation system were included. ACORAB delegates found the general assembly was greatly succeeded to achieve its’ goal.