Mindful of the pressing challenges facing our world, among them, poverty, conflict, socioeconomic inequality, environmental degradation and climate change that call for urgent and concerted action to accelerate development and progress in our society;

Noting that there are several creative and innovative mechanisms to achieve sustainable development, appropriate to every country’s own needs, expectations and pace of development, and demanding participation and support from government, private sector, civil society, local communities, families and individuals alike;

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President Ali-Askari,
Director Chang Jin,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,
Good morning!

In this lovely season of midsummer, flowers blooming like a piece of brocade. I’m delighted to come to the coastal city of Qingdao, with representatives from 48 countries and 7 international organizations, for the opening session of Asia Media Summit 2017. Let me begin by extending warm congratulations on the opening of the Summit. I’d like to convey sincere greetings and best wishes to all the distinguished guests coming from afar, as well as participants from the Film Capital Summit!

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The  14th Asia Media Summit (AMS), opened in Qingdao, China on the  6thof June, ended on the  8th of June.  With the theme ‘Media on the Frontline of Global Development’, the Summit focused on the many important roles media play in promoting sustainable development besides presenting dialogues and debates on a series of hot topics. Most importantly the AMS passed the Qingdao Declaration on Media and the World’s Sustainable Development.  Delegates to the Summit hailed it as a new starting point for efforts in promoting the world’s sustainable development, and further enhancing ties between media organisations in the Asia-Pacific region and those of the world.

China’s Vice Premier Madame Liu Yandong delivered the keynote address in the Inaugural Session, attended by more than 450 delegates including government leaders, executives and experts from media organisations in Asia-Pacific and the world. The summit also provided the platform for UN and UNESCO officials to deliver special messages from Deputy Secretary-General of UN Madame Amina J. Mohammed and Director-General of UNESCO Madame Irina Bokova.

The ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific says costs, enormity of task, lack of government support and cooperation among stakeholders, and ever evolving technologies remain as some of the challenges in the migration from analogue to digital in the region.

“Not only does the setup of infrastructure for digital but also carrying out a simulcast service for a given period involve a lot of money and resources. On top of these the need to subsidise set- top-boxes to masses is an additional burden,” said Mr Wisit Atipayakoon, Programme Officer of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok before participants at the AIBD/ITU/ABU regional workshop on “Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting TV and Radio Policy and Transition,” on 5 June 2017 in Qingdao, China.

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